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General info
Original title: Higanjima (彼岸島 / 피안도)
Country: Japan, South Korea
Year: 2009
Genre: Horror
IMDB Rating: 5.9 180 votes
Plot: Akira's elder brother, Atsushi, disappeared two years ago and his family has never recovered from the loss. And so, when a strange woman arrives in town claiming to know Atsushi's whereabouts Akira has no choice: he must follow her wherever she may lead to find brother. With his loyal school friends Akira departures to the isolated island village named Higanjima which has been overrun by vampires.
  • Higanjima, a Japanese-Korean co-produced horror movie, is based on a Koji Matsumoto manga which was originally serialized in Young Magazine.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 122

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Featured reviews for

(overall rating: 3 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)
Twitch, by Todd Brown source: http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2010/07/higanjima-review.php
«In many ways the strengths and weakness of Higanjima mirror those of recent martial arts fantasy hit Dororo, the concept of the film somewhat weighed down by a script that lacks in some areas and some flawed special effects but the plentiful number of things the film does very right ultimately winning out.»
efilmcritic, by Jay Seaver - 3/5 source: http://efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=20308&reviewer=371
«"Higanjima" doesn't end as strong as it starts; it opens with the promise of a vampire action movie that's fresh and energetic, and winds up delivering one that is likely a faithful (if compressed) adaptation of its source material. It delivers a good dollop of bloody action, although the best is in the first act.»
Variety, by RUSSELL EDWARDS source: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117941584.html?categoryid=31&cs=1
«South Korean helmer Kim Tae-kyun ("Volcano High") tries to compensate for a sketchy story with sheer velocity, but the overall lack of substance undercuts Kim's genre ambitions. Japanese theatrical release is set for January, with low-level ancillary sales shaping up in the West.»
Twitch, by Andrew Mack source: http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2010/08/albino-vampires-haunt-the-island~~~ima.php
«Good but not great. Fans of the manga will have to tell you how faithful to the orginal material the film is. The rest of us will tell you that it fulfills its purpose of entertaining popcorn horror fun flick and plays by the rules.»
Film School Rejects, by Brian Salisbury source: http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/reviews/sxsw-review-higanjima.php
«Higanjima is an interesting mess of a film. What struck me most about it was how the early portions of the film are styled like an American film. The framing of shots, the action music, the obligatory slow-motion, and even the lighting all culminating in an aesthetic not usually found in Japanese cinema. ... I wanted to like Higanjima; truth be told the opening made me want to love it. But it shoots itself in the foot with a bloated run time and miserable CG»
FEARnet, by Scott Weinberg source: http://www.fearnet.com/news/reviews/b18541_sxsw_2010_review_higanjima.html
«Sure, the CGI isn't all that great and the vampires aren't really all that scary, but whenever the movie is focused on "showing" and not "talking," it feels a bit like 'The Monster Squad Goes to Japanese Vampire Island'. It's very broad, way too talky, and sometimes too damn goofy for its own good, but genre fans will certainly be able to get behind the "good parts."»
beyondHollywood.com, by JAMES MUDGE source: http://www.beyondhollywood.com/higanjima-escape-from-vampire-island-20~~~review/
«“Higanjima – Escape from Vampire Island” really does make for a great deal of full blooded fun, and stands not only as a superior vampire film, but as one of the better manga adaptations of recent years. »

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Kim, Tae-GyunKIM Tae-Gyun
ÔISHI Tetsuya
SAWANO Hiroyuki
Kraze Pictures
Micott & Basara K.K.


Ishiguro, HideoISHIGURO Hideo
as Akira
Watanabe, DaiWATANABE Dai
as Atsushi
Mizukawa, AsamiMIZUKAWA Asami
as Rei
Yamamoto, KohjiYAMAMOTO Kohji
as Miyabi
Yuge, TomohisaYUGE Tomohisa
as Ken-chan
Takimoto, MioriTAKIMOTO Miori
as Yuki
Adachi, OsamuADACHI Osamu
as Nishiyama
Moriwaki, FumitoMORIWAKI Fumito
as Pon
Handa, MasayaHANDA Masaya
as Kato
Omura, AyakoOMURA Ayako
as Ryoko
Fukami, MotokiFUKAMI Motoki
as Raiki
Yamamoto, RyûjiYAMAMOTO Ryûji
as Igarashi
Sakagami, KazukoSAKAGAMI Kazuko
as Genki

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