Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island Review
Synopsis:Higanjima is an eerie island occupied by vampires, from where none has ever come back alive. When teenager Akira hears that his missing brother has been seen in the island, he decides to investigate with several friends.
Higanjima (2009) is a Japanese vampire horror movie directed by Tae-gyun Kim (A Millionaire’s First Love (2006), Hwasango (2001), Crossing (2008), A Barefoot Dream (2010)) via Warner Bros. Japan. If you are looking for scary vampires with zombie-like vampire minions on a secluded island with a hero and his friends in an exciting battle, then Higanjima is for you. Higanjima is also known as Vampire Island (2009) and Escape From Vampire Island (2009).
Higanjima plays out like a live-action manga with the lead vampire looking like a true monster you do not want to encounter, an albino vampire with blood red eyes. Higanjima is the island where the vampires inhabit. Akira learns via Rei that his missing brother, Atsushi, is on that island overwhelmed with vampires. Akira’s friends travel with him to help rescue his brother.
The action scenes were very entertaining, and I just love how the special effects, makeup, designs, and fight choreographies were excellent. I am a bit biased here because I am also a manga and anime fan, so I know how hard it is to pull off most of these scenes in a live-action setting. The director, production team, special effects team, and actors did a great job, and I applaud their efforts. The lead actor did a great deal of whining and crying which is typical in a Jdrama and sullied the Jhorror a bit. Akira’s friends just get into tons of trouble and barely help with the vampires. The screenplay by Tetsuya Oishi seems to be the issue here as there was too much focus on the drama which could have been toned down a bit more without sacrificing the character development. Although this movie is plagued with these issues, I looked past them to enjoy this vampire action film.
About Higanjima: Escape From Vampire Island (2009)
Runtime: 122 minutes
Total Avg. Votes: 5
Writers: Kôji Matsumoto, Tetsuya Oishi
Director: Tae-gyun Kim