I know, I know…excessive violence, blood fountains and schoolgirls played by Korean beauties slaying vampires with katana swords don’t always make a good film. Nonetheless, it’s good to see that director Chris Nahon didn’t go for another PG-13 slasher and his live-action adaptation of Blood: The Last Vampire has been awarded by the British film classification board BBFC with a “18″ rating. Here’s their classification statement in full glory:
BLOOD – THE LAST VAMPIRE is a film adaptation of a Japanese anime about a female vampire searching for her nemesis, the Onegin. The film was classified ’18′ for strong bloody violence.
The main vampire character repeatedly uses a sword to dispatch various creatures, including other vampires and winged monsters. The violence she inflicts often occurs in a rapidly edited flurry of blows without a focus on injury detail. There is, however, a large quantity of blood in evidence, which sprays from wounds in huge spurts with the strongest moments including the severing of a man’s arm and all of another man’s fingers, plus the close up sight of a sword piercing an eyeball. These moments were felt to fall under the term ‘the strongest gory images’ which, under the BBFC guidelines, are unacceptable at ’15′, while not exceeding the bounds of the ’18′ category.
The film also contains one use of strong language, amongst some milder language including ‘piss’ and ‘bitch’.
Blood: The Last Vampire starring Jeon Ji-Hyun opens in the UK on June 12, 2009.