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World Premiere of Japanese Silent Vampire Film In Albuquerque

New Mexico might not sound like the natural fit for the screening of a silent Japanese vampire film with live musical accompaniment by two world class musicians, but considering said film’s distributor is located in the “Land of Enchantment” then it makes perfect sense.  Tidepoint Pictures is holding the world premiere screening of Sanguivorous, an “experimental vampire horror movie” starring legendary Butoh dancer Ko Murobushi and directed by Tokyo-based indie filmmaker Naoki Yoshimoto at Albuquerque’s KiMo Theater on November 12, 2011. The screening will have live musical accompaniment by Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr.

From the trailer (below), the film itself looks promising and no doubt we all remember from Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse (2006) how Butoh dancing can freakify a movie.

For more information about this event, check out the press release below the bump.

Albuquerque, NM, September 21, 2011 – The world premiere of Sanguivorous (“Kyuketsu”), the first silent Japanese vampire movie, will sink its fangs into Albuquerque’s historic (and some say haunted) KiMo Theater on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 8 pm. With live musical accompaniment by Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr., this unprecedented event combines experimental filmmaking, cutting-edge contemporary music — and chills.

Film Synopsis:
Sanguivorous – A young woman suffering from mysterious physical ailments is 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.
Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion), originally from Osaka, Japan, invents his own instruments to create an intense, organic sound that defies category or genre. His music is grounded in improvisation, yet it retains the sense of space and beauty found in traditional Japanese folk music. Nakatani has released nearly 50 recordings on CD.
Edward Wilkerson, Jr. (saxophone) is internationally recognized as one of the great saxophonists to come out of the Chicago music scene. Founder of the trailblazing octet 8 Bold Souls, Wilkerson has toured throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, and the Middle East. A long-time member of Chicago’s celebrated AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), his music can be heard on over 20 recordings, including two film soundtracks.

Tickets are $12.00 general, $10.00 students/seniors, and are available online at or at the KiMo Ticket Office. The KiMo Theater is located at 423 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Phone (505) 768-3522,

Presented by Tidepoint Pictures, the Santa Fe-based Asian motion picture distributor, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Film Office, the world premiere of Sanguivorous promises an evening of electrifying artistic collaboration. The music is live. The vampires? Not so much.

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