Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids Review

What creatures stalk the night in your local neck of the woods?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this film. I love folklore, but admittedly know little about Filipino tales. Even less concerning their unique martial arts fighting styles.

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An Interview with Vincent Soberano, Writer/Director of ‘Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids’

An Interview with Vincent Soberano, the Writer/Director/Star of ‘Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids. Vincent and I discuss his martial arts background, Filipino folklore, and what’s next for the characters of ‘Blood Hunters’!

We have a real treat today! In Asian Spaces had the opportunity to chat with Vincent Soberano, Writer, Director and Star of Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids! Vincent is an award-winning filmmaker, sports hall of fame awardee and masterful storyteller!

Let’s learn more about his latest feature film, his martial arts prowess and the Aswang of Filipino folklore culture!

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Rebirth in Kimi no Na wa

This is a Kimi no Na wa – Your Name theory explaining the role of Shintoism in connecting MC Mitsuha Miyamizu, Taki Tachibana, and the film’s ending.

小野小町の恋歌の一節。「思いつつ寝(ぬ)ればや人の見えつらむ 夢としりせばさめざらましを」

“Yume to Shiriseba V” – Ono-no-Komachi

I wonder if he appeared in my dream because I fell asleep thinking of him.

I think the message of Kimi no Na wa is the exploration of adolescence and the bonds we share– whether made organically with friends – or spiritually like Taki and Mitsuha.

I want to take a different route in this article though, and explore the Shinto significance of their bond.

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