An interesting short film, which I can’t find any IMDb details for, this is a vampire film of Chinese origin but uses a Western style of vampire rather than the kyonsi. As such I am afraid I am unsure of the date of release, the director or the actors’ names. It begins in Hongkou in Shanghai in 1995 and a woman carries washing as she sings.
Turning a corner she sees a vampire feeding on someone. The vampire launches at her – and we realise that she is elderly. We then see a young woman on the rooftop, crying in the rain but holding a baby bottle containing blood. It is clear, to us, that the vampire has become young – and indeed that was a prime piece of Stoker lore, that the vampire when fed could become young.
What follows is the story of a male vampire tracking down a woman, who is the female vampire from the prologue. She appears to be looking after an elderly man (at home) and working as a hostess in a bar (with a strange performance of Its All So Quiet occuring on stage). The story leaps to points in time and we discover that she kills reluctantly but did so in the 1940s when she was raped (and became pregnant through the rape).
The aging and becoming young is taken to quite an extreme by the story, which is interesting. I was a little unsure about the burning in the sun rules in this. Was it only if a vampire had been killed/drained or, if not, why didn’t the victor of the battle also burn – perhaps they were in the shade? You can check for yourself by watching the short.
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