Don’t let that highly misleading title fool you – there are no lesbians in this film. On the plus side, it also has nothing to do with Lesbian Vampire Killers so no need to write it off just yet. Also misleading is the press blurb that compares the film to the Twilight series in an obvious attempt to grab some of the teen market who buy into that nonsense.
The film centres around Ar (Jiang Luxia), a vampire hunter who has a friend named Max (Chrissie Chau Sau-Na). Max is a vampire and is part of a family of bloodsuckers, with her sisters, brother and father all being members of the undead, but they all stick to eating small animals like rabbits to stay alive and therefore Ar has no need to dispose of them. Whilst Ar is hunting down the vampires that do feast on human blood, Max and her family spend most of their time not doing very much at all. As they can’t feel pain or emotion and don’t hunt humans they have very little to do during the night, and spend most of the twilight hours lamenting about their unfulfilling existence.
All that is about to change as Mung (Yuen Wah), a vampire who feeds on the blood of other vampires, comes to town along with his vampire slave Sue, who just happens to be Ar’s long-lost sister. Targeting the family of animal-feeding vampires Mung begin a reign of terror that forces Ar to take drastic measures in order to fight the seemingly unstoppable demon.
Executed with a fair amount of tongue-in-cheek humour, Lesbian Vampire Warriors knows exactly what it is and plays on it. The only real concession to Twilight are the scenes where the vampire family members try to find ways to hurt themselves just so they could feel something, but these are pulled off in such comic fashion that they bear no resemblance to the moaning emos bleating on about love and pain ad nauseam. Here, throwing themselves off a balcony and getting straight back up again triggers some drunk bystanders to try the same thing – you can guess what happens.
The fight scenes are pretty incredible, with Jiang Luxia proving particularly lethal in a fist-fight and showing some graceful yet deadly moves. The other actors also bring it and fans of Hong Kong cinema are in for some truly staggering action when it comes to the combat stuff. The special effects are also pretty good, the CGI vampire deaths and teleportations all done cartoon-like but kept within the spirit of the film.
The biggest complaint about the film is that some of the less dynamic scenes could have been trimmed, especially in the first act of the film. With a running time of nearly 100 minutes the film does feel padded out, which is a shame as otherwise it’s a stylish and colourful horror/martial arts mash-up that won’t change the world but will keep you amused and entertained.