Blood-C: The Last Dark
Shiotani Naoyoshi | Japan, 2012 | 106 min | Rated R | HDCAM | Japanese with English subtitles
Friday November 16, 2012 – 10:15pm
Tokyo, winter. Following the enforcement of the new Youth Protection Act, minors are forbidden to circulate in the streets after 9PM and the use of the Internet is regulated. However, young people continue to fight for their own freedom through underground methods.
A group called Sirrut, in particular, has declared war on Fumito Nanahara, a man whose great influence at both political and economic level has virtually made him the ruler of Tokyo.
The Sirrut fight their war with the weapon they know best: Internet. And while searching for more information about their enemy in the cyberspace, they come across a number of urban legends referring to the existence of the “Tower,” a mysterious organization behind Fumito that is rumored to be conducting experiments involving human beings, and alluding to people being… eaten.
Determined to expose the truth, the Sirrut members start investigating. But as they are in the subway following a lead, a monstrous creature appeared from nowhere starts attacking the passengers. As panic and mayhem spread, one girl stands firmly in front of that living nightmare, a Japanese sword in her hand, her eyes as cold as ice…
BLOOD-C: THE LAST DARK is the new chapter from the world-famous BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE saga, and a creative collaboration between Production I.G. and the popular all-female artist group CLAMP. The film is a worthy addition to a genre that anime excels at: fantasy, dripping with atmosphere, searing imagery and crackling with kinetic energy – the kind that has inspired and driven live-motion genre and horror filmmakers the world over.
Debuting in 1987 with RG Veda, CLAMP is an all-female Japanese comic artist group consisting of Nanase Okawa, who provides the storyline and screenplay, and three artists whose roles shift for each series: Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi, and Satsuki Igarashi. As of today, over 100 million CLAMP comic volumes have been sold worldwide. Their works include, X (1992), Magic Knight Rayearth (1993), Cardcaptor Sakura (1996), xxxHOLiC (2002-2011, over 11 million copies sold in Japan alone, #6 best-selling manga in USA according to New York Times in 2009), Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (2003~2009, over 20 million copies in Japan alone, #5 best-selling book on Waldenbooks’ list in 2004). CLAMP comics and their animated adaptations are released in many countries and have gained the artists a huge fan base on global scale.
About Naoyoshi Shiotani
Born in 1977, Shiotani is one of Japan’s most promising young animation creators. His early works include TV series Windy Tales (key animation supervisor, 2004) and Blood+ (2005), for which he also directed the kaleidoscopic third opening film, Colors of the Heart, selected in competition for the 11th Holland Animation Film Festival. His directorial debut, Tokyo Marble Chocolate (2007) was awarded with the Grand Prize in the Feature Films Section of SICAF 2008. His talent was confirmed in Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (2009) a CGI movie for which Shiotani contributed storyboard and animation direction, that eventually won ten awards in Japan and at international film festivals around the world. Shiotani joined Production I.G in the days when Blood: The Last Vampire was being completed, and apprenticed under Kazuchika Kise, chief animator for the movie. With Blood-C: The Last Dark, that marks his directorial debut in a full-length theatrical feature film, Shiotani has solemnly promised not to disappoint his master. He’s a soft-spoken guy with a naughty boy inside.
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