First released: 1991
Why some films end up vanishing into the mists of time sometimes confounds me. Whilst perhaps not the masterpiece I have heard it made out to be, My Soul is Slashed (and you have to love the title) is a solid, competent Japanese vampire film that has a touch (but only a touch) of the romantic comedy to it. It explores some interesting themes that raises it above that particular pigeon hole and also does some interesting (and in places mystifying) things with lore.
Kimi (Hideko Yoshida) goes to wake her daughter, Saeko (Hikari Ishida), but she is not in bed – she has spent the night out. She is dropped off by one of her friends and tries to sneak in but her father, Ishikawa (Ken Ogata), spots her when she falls of her makeshift rope ladder. He is a business man and the news is full of a bogus medicine that his company has been selling. He denies that there is any truth in the rumours but he is so obsessed with his work he has forgotten it is Saeko’s seventeenth birthday.
|transfusion with bad blood|
|blood on the ashes|
Ishikawa is blamed for the company wrong-doings (though he was genuinely innocent) and a year passes. Yuzuko is doing some calculations and realises that the night would be the night (I don’t honestly know why it took a year and this is one of he mystifying bits of lore, along with the miraculously motivated blood pack). The pot of ashes cracks open, a slab in the cemetery moves and a bat emerges. The bat flies to Ishikawa’s old home and he appears before his daughter. He is naked and wet (it is raining) but assumes he must have got out of the bath and it is clear he believes it to still be the day he died (and cannot remember dying, indeed it is later said that vampires cannot remember their own death). Saeko is freaked.
6.5 out of 10.
The imdb page is here.