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Friday, November 2, 2001


Vampires’ return
quenches a thirst

'Bloodlust' gives 'Vampire Hunter D'
fans and newcomers much to like


By Wilma Jandoc

For those who have been craving more since the first "Vampire Hunter D" was released, its sequel, "Bloodlust," will fulfill it and more.

"Bloodlust" is set in the distant future, in which civilization has returned to a medieval 19th-century European setting. Vampires, once rulers of the land, are now dwindling, with hunters bent on eliminating the last of the creatures.

"Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust"

Screens at 9:30 p.m. Monday at Waikiki 2

One of those hunters is a man known only as D, a Dunpeal -- half human, half vampire. He is hired by the Elbourne family to rescue Charlotte Elbourne, who was kidnapped by the vampire Meier Link. The Elbournes have also hired the Markus brothers, who are already on their way to Meier's castle, and the hunters compete for a $10 million reward.

Although a sequel to the original "Vampire Hunter D," "Bloodlust" has a completely separate storyline. The only thing worth knowing from the first movie is D's parentage, but even that is only vaguely referred to in "Bloodlust."

(If you'd really like to know the answer to that without watching the first movie, just think famous vampires. And there's a reason D uses that particular letter as his name ...)

The anime is a tale of oppression and misunderstanding. The characters, including the stoic D with his half-vampire heritage, are trying desperately to escape the larger forces of society and nature that prevent from living truly happy lives.

Ultimately, they must face and vanquish illusions that bring to life each person's deepest pain.

The movie's far-reaching storyline and depth of characterization, all while keeping plenty of action, make "Bloodlust" an enjoyable and provocative movie.

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