DVD Review: Lesbian Vampire Warriors / Cert: 15 / Director: Dennis Law / Screenplay: Dennis Law / Starring: Jiang Lu-Xia, Chrissie Chau Sau-Na, Yuen Wah, Chin Slu-Ho, Rock Ji, Dada Lo Chung-Chi, A. Lin / Release Date: June 25th
Right, let’s get a couple of things cleared up straight off of the bat shall we? Firstly, you’ll be pleased to hear that this is not a sequel to the execrable James Corden crapfest that was Lesbian Vampire Killers. Secondly, the lesbian in the title is a misnomer – you’ll find no cheap titillation on show here – it’s just a clever marketing ploy.
With that out of the way, what can this Chinese vampire tale offer you, our discernible reader? Well, it comes across as a Far Eastern Buffy in certain ways, with a light-hearted script and likable characters. The wirework and choreographed fight scenes are well done and the whole thing appears to have been created with a bit of heart and soul rather than the usual sub-genre cash-ins.
The story surrounds Ar (Lu-Xia), a human vampire hunter who is trying to find her sister, Sue, who may or may not have succumbed to a vampire. Ar has a sixth sense that allows her to ‘sniff out’ vampires before they spot her. She hunts down the bad vampires – the ones that drink the blood of humans and appears to only have vampire friends, who all only drink animal blood and steer clear of the human kind. Her ‘girlfriend’ Max (Chau Sau-Na) and Max’s family find life as a vampire dull, with no ability to feel anything – ranging from everything between pain and love. But don’t think that this is a lovey-dovey tale either, it feels tight considering the running time. The family of vampires and their friends show a different side to teenage vampires who have lived for centuries and there are some fun moments as we watch them try to think up ways of entertaining themselves.
When a vampire Lord, Mung (Wah), who drinks the blood of other vampires to take the strength of their souls, enters the scene, it sets into motion a chain of events that ensure that he will have to face off against the Slayer, sorry, vampire hunter. The ending is less climactic that you’d want, but then the film does deliver as an overall package. It’s fun and fast paced and doesn’t take the material too seriously, whilst also managing to avoid parody at the same time.
An entertaining flick and well worth your time, just don’t be fooled by the title.
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