Tidepoint Pictures will release Sanguivorous (“Kyuketsu”) on November 19th. It is the first Japanese avant-garde, silent vampire movie ever made. The film focuses on a young woman suffering from mysterious physical ailments who’s horrified to discover that she’s descended from generations of vampires. When with her boyfriend, she struggles to control her peculiar appetite. But it’s in her blood…
Sanguivorous is written and directed by Japanese filmmaker Naoki Yoshimoto and features the renowned avant-garde butoh dancer Ko Murobushi. Earllier this year the film impressed audiences in New York, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and DC with screenings in conjunction with live musical accompaniment by Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr. This unprecedented event combined experimental filmmaking, cutting-edge contemporary music, dance theatre… and fangs.
Sanguivorous also stars Ayumi Kakizawa, Masaya Adachi, and Mutsuko Yoshinaga. Cinematography is by Katsuya Shinzato and Noaki Yoshimoto, lighting by Mitsuyo Watanabe and Katsuya Shinzato, production design by Takashi Yagi, and music by director Naoki Yoshimoto. The film is produced by Sachi Nagamatsu.