Blue Christmas (1978)

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Blue Christmas (1978) Poster

UFOs appear on Earth, and people who actually see them suddenly find that their blood has turned blue. Soon panic and hysteria result in the new "blue-bloods" being persecuted by the rest ... See full summary »


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15 November 2003 | ChungMo
Soapy social commentary with a Sci-Fi wrapper.
Having just seen the brilliant SWORD OF DOOM by the same director, I was surprised to find that he directed this film also. This was shown, subtitled, at a Japanese sci-fi film festival at the Japan Society in New York City in the early 80's. It was on a double bill with a classic TOHO film.

Set in present day Japan, the film postulates about how people would react if suddenly half the population was changed in a subtle way by mysterious UFOs. The UFOs appear and whom ever sees them has their blood permanently turned blue. This causes a mass panic where everyone is classified by their blood color and all the blues are cruelly discriminated against and eventually rounded up in concentration camps. In the midst of this, a romance blooms between a red and a blue played by the leads.

The UFOs only appear very briefly, most of the film is taken up by melodrama and illustrations of mass prejudice. It's an interesting concept and the director clearly does not have much faith in humanity. Unfortunately, by the time the very melodramatic conclusion arrives (and it takes a while) I didn't care anymore and most of the audience had left in boredom.

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Burû Kurisumasu
Music by
Masaru Satô
Lyrics by Yû Aku
Performed by Char
Courtesy of Canyon Records


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Release Date:

23 November 1978


Japanese, English, French

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