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INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient.

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Credited cast:
Michiko Hada ...
Dr. Nakazono
Mari Hoshino ...
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Tae Kimura ...
Nurse
Yôko Maki ...
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Kaho Minami ...
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Moro Morooka ...
Dr. Kishida
Shirô Sano ...
Kiyoshi Akai
Kôichi Satô ...
Dr. Akiba
Masanobu Takashima ...
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Isao Yatsu ...
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In a general hospital near bankruptcy, the reduced staff is working under a severe stress. During the emergency attendance to a burned patient with Dr. Uozumi (Masanobu Takashima) and two other nurses, Dr. Akiba (Kôichi Satô) and the nurse commit an error, injecting sodium chlorate and killing him. Dr. Uozumi convinces the team to forge the report to save their careers. Meanwhile, an ambulance leaves a patient in the emergency with a lethal infection. When the muscles and internal organs of the patient liquefy, Dr. Kiyoshi Akai (Shirô Sano) convinces his two colleagues to examine and research the virus, leading the employees of the night shift to a tragic end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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spooky visuals, otherwise soso
23 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Japanese horror" used to be as vague and general of an umbrella as it semantically implies, but some time in the 2000s it turned into "J- horror," a populist niche genre with few artistic goals other than giving a few jump scares to noisy tweens who text in theaters. Yet, like much of Japan's popular culture, there's a charm about this stuff that the Western equivalents don't share, partially because it embraces naivete and simplicity rather than feigning transgression with no substance to back it up. It kinda hearkens back to telling ghost stories around a campfire. Infection is near last in a long line of Ringu coattail-riders, and shows a lot of unfulfilled promise; it almost uses this "J-horror" fad as an excuse to deliver a weird, stylish, splattery B movie, but kinda chickens out when it counts.

At its best, the Dario Argento influence is obvious, with garish artificial lighting and an emphasis on mounting dread over violence--the impression that something, somewhere, is always lurking in the shadows. Using stuff like needles and narrow hospital corridors is almost cheating when it comes to horror, but it's undeniably effective. However, being a modern horror movie, it predictably falls into some pitfalls that keep it from even minor modern classic status: overly photogenic pop idol-lookalike casting that prevents you from ever really getting immersed, use of silly Nickelodeon green goo (I suppose to keep the film's virus visually tame enough for general audiences), and an utterly stupid "psychological" twist ending full of trite symbolism.

The movie's at its best when it entertains no pretensions of being anything other than a stylish excuse to exploit the claustrophobic, oppressive atmosphere of a hospital setting. But when that crappy pop- rock song comes blaring in the credits, you know where their interests really were.


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