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MOON CHILD
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Takahisa Zeze

Starring:
Hyde
Gackt
Lee-Hom Wang

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Vampires cross with the Japanese mafia in this foreign flick about two friends turned enemies turned friends, etc.
Is it good movie?

Part of the "Danger After Dark" Boxset

This movie was pretty bizarre, and unfortunately, not very enjoyable, and I soon figured out why not long into it.

We've got here a slam-bang, slickly produced (although low budget) vampire action flick a-la Blade. Sounds good, right? Well, the problem here is the acting, which comes from a couple of J-Pop stars, named Gackt and Hyde, who are cast as the lead characters in this film. They're just awful. They look directly into the camera, and while it may just be poor translation, their dialogue is (at best) lame and hammy as can be.

The movie's plot is a bit of a mish mash between a John Woo style shoot 'em up-meets-Blade-meets-Interview with the Vampire, as we have our elder vampire who has befriended a lower level thug, and their misadventures,highs and lows of their relationships. It's ok stuff, but seems a bit derivative and isn't really all that new.

There is plenty of action too, but its so over the top that I couldn't get into it. I don't understand why vampires would ever use guns on each other if they don't do any damage!

Really. to sum things up, this film is a 'high concept' film, but ends up way too high on concept and way too short on substance.
Video / Audio
Our picture is a muddy 1:85 anamorphic widescreen one, and didn't impress me. It seems like they didn't clean the print up at all. Audio comes in 5.1 surround, and it, on the other hand, is crisp and clear, so you can hear all of the cheesy bone-breaking action.
The Extras
We get nathing, unless you count the trailers from TLA releasing.
Last Call
I think that Moon Child probably found its audience in Japan the same way that Cradle 2 the Grave or the like found its audience here in North America. It's lame, but fans of the pop-stars in question probably really dug it. To me, it played out almost like a comic book, and maybe it would have been better to see in animated form.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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