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(aka "Kyuketsu" )


directed by Naoki Yoshimoto
Japan 2011


Suffering from strange ailments (including bleeding when she prays), Ayumi can't help but be drawn to a five-hundred year old local legend - told by her boyfriend - about a vessel washing ashore with a Romanian coffin holding a vampire who was resurrected in a ritual involving a virgin sacrifice. When her boyfriend arouses her bloodlust rather than her libido, she discovers that the legend is true and that she is to be initiated into the vampire's intimate little coven with her boyfriend as the sacrifice. There really isn't much to the SANGUIVOROUS, which is three-quarters silent film recreation and the rest in the vein (no pun intended) of nineties avant-garde vampire flicks like NADJA and THE GIRL WITH THE HUNGRY EYES minus the quirkiness. The film works at a somnambulant feel and courts boredom frequently but it does culminate in some nightmarish images during the boyfriend's stalking by the head vampire (Buton dancer Ko Murobushi). The results may play better in a live screening with musical accompaniment (as the director intended and as it had premiered and screened at a few festival showings), but the work on disc is better contemplated than taken in for thrills or chills.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 2011 (Japan)

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Tidepoint Pictures / MVD Visual

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 56:34

1.63:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tidepoint Pictures / MVD Visual

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.63:1

Edition Details:
• Making-of (16:9; 9:03)
• Short film 'Nowhere' (16:9; 10:48)

DVD Release Date: November 19th, 2013

Chapters 6



Tidepoint's single-layer disc features a high bitrate presentation of this film which runs just under an hour, although the look of the film is so manipulated with high contrast, solarization, and various overlays that it is hard to judge just how faithful the video presentation is to the look of the film. The Dolby Digital stereo track is intermittently active but there are long stretches of silence (appropriate since this is part "silent film"), while the optional English subtitles translate both the dialogue and the intertitles.

Extras include a featurette in which the director discusses the genesis of the project and his plan to have the screenings accompanied by live music (only a couple festival screenings including its New Mexico premiere have been accompanied). Buton dancer Ko Murobushi talks about getting into character while lead Ayumi Kakizawa is only briefly visible and giggly in a startling contrast to her character in the film. There is also a short film by the director which has a more expressionistic style.

  - Eric Cotenas


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