Daily reviews and interviews



Narrative Feature, SX Fantastic
D: Tae-Kyun Kim; with Hideo Ishiguro, Dai Watanabe, Asami Mizukawa, Koji Yamamoto

In Kim's film adaptation of Koji Matsumoto's manga of the same title, Akira's (Ishiguro) older brother, Atsushi (Watanabe), disappears. After two years, Akira learns from a new acquaintance, Rei (Mizukawa), that Akira's brother is alive, battling the undead in her home village on the vampire-infested island of Higanjima. Despite Rei's questionable intentions, Akira and his friends gather a few blunt objects and follow her to the hidden island in hopes of helping Akira's brother. Much gore, vampire-fueled explosions, and death scenes without bullets ensue. Suffice it to say, anyone worried they might not survive the long wait till this year's Fantastic Fest can dose up on black-and-red color schemes, sword fights, and shower scenes with this film. Since only total cranial destruction assuredly kills these vampires, I'd probably leave the kids at home.

Friday, March 19, 11:59pm, Lamar 2

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at Sign up for our South By-specific newsletter at for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More by Ashley Moreno
SXSW Comedy: The Laugh Button Live!
The Laugh Button Live!
Kathy Griffin ignited a late-night set full of high energy

March 13, 2019

Frank Oz on Muppets, Disney, and Being Puppies at SXSW
Featured Session: Frank Oz
The great director gets candid at the fest

March 13, 2019



One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle