The studios continue to dilute the meaning of Asia Extreme, and self-serious commercial pap like this Westernized fraud makes Dragonball: Evolution seem like high art. Korean actress Gianna Jun (formerly Jeon Ji-hyun, star of My Sassy Girl) is given little to do beyond titillating fanboys. She plays a 400-year-old Japanese half-vampire who works with a covert council to hunt other bloodsuckers in her ageless form as an undercover schoolgirl. But as enticing as Blade meets 21 Jump Street might sound, Kiss of the Dragon hack Chris Nahons live-action adaptation of a 2001 cult anime film is unexciting, incoherent, lamely acted, and carelessly written (set during the Vietnam war, its attempt to add historical nuance is, I cant believe theyd let a Jap enroll here), and even its F/X mish-mash is an eyesore. Slick wire-fu spectacles come courtesy of a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon producer, while the incongruously clunky monsters are Ray Harryhausen throwbacks, and the movies incessant, cheaply produced CGI splatters look like oil geysers. There will be blood, yes, because you, too, will be ready to fall on your samurai sword.
Chris NahonGianna, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham, JJ Feild, Koyuki, Yasuaki Kurata, Larry Lamb, Andrew Pleavin, Michael Byrne, Colin SalmonChris Chow, Kenji Kamiyama, Katsuya TeradaBill Kong, Abel Nahmias, Jamie BeardsleySamuel Goldwyn Films