As with any other anime in Japan, they're always based on manga. The original version came out in 2000 by Benkyo Tamaoki. This was the English reprint or something which came out later.
I looked it up, the art's not that great but it wasn't bad. And of course as with most manga, they have the luxury of having hundreds of pages to slowly build up the characters & the storyline layer upon layer, making it very engaging.
However, it was the animated movie that really rocked my world. Watch the clip if you haven't & tell me if your world is rocked.
When I first saw this trailer on YouTube, I knew I had to get the DVD.
Blood is an hour long of dark, gutsy, edgy, gratituitous violence, horror & lots of spewing blood. In other words, it's an excellent movie for beer-guzzling, pizza-eating, poker-playing, fly-fishing, game-hunting, backside-scratching real macho men.
And now, the producers of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon has made this little anime into a mega-budgeted Hollywood movie, starring a Korean actress, playing a Japanese, who speaks English.
Yes I know. It has already been playing in the cineplexes for some time now & you've probably watched it already.
But I just thought that I'd write about it anyway, cos it's one of those pop culture things that I really like. But I'm not so sure about the live-action movie. It looks too slick, too bright, too colourful & easily mistaken for a superhero/fantasy movie rather than horror.