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Director:
Writers:
Dante Lam (screenplay)
Candy Leung (story)
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Release Date:
19 January 2012 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
International Security Affairs agent Jon is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 9 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(24 articles)
Behold! Over Twelve Minutes of Killer Bus Goodness
 (From Dread Central. 7 February 2013, 12:38 PM, PST)

Review: The Viral Factor May Be The Year's Best Asian Action Movie!
 (From Twitch. 31 January 2012, 3:10 AM, PST)

The Viral Factor (2012) Movie Review
 (From Beyond Hollywood. 22 January 2012, 9:23 AM, PST)

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sub-par action flick See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jay Chou ... Jon

Nicholas Tse ... Man Yeung

Peng Lin ... Rachel
Bing Bai ... Ice (as Michelle Bai)

Andy On ... Sean (as Andy Tien)

Kai Chi Liu ... Man Tin
Carl Ng ... Ross
Tin Chiu Hung ... Mark (as Sammy Hung)
Philip Keung ... Russell
Elaine Jin ... Jon's Mother
Deep Ng ... Man Yeung's former partner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Dasz ... Villain
Steven Dasz ... Jordanian Mercenary

Jawed El Berni ... Tyler's Henchman
Issam M. Husseini ... Jordanian Doctor
Crystal Lee ... Man Cheung Sing
Man Biu Lee

Brad Dirk Martin ... Russian Hitman

Jared Robinsen ... Tyler (as Jared Robinson)
Anthony Sandstrom ... Villain

Ron Smoorenburg ... Gang member

Directed by
Dante Lam 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dante Lam  screenplay and story
Candy Leung  story
Wai Lun Ng  screenplay

Produced by
Nga-Bok Lee .... co-producer (as Albert Lee)
Candy Leung .... producer
Solon So .... co-executive producer
Solon So .... co-producer
Zhongjun Wang .... co-executive producer
Zhonglei Wang .... co-producer
Albert Yeung .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Kam 
 
Cinematography by
Kenny Tse (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Wai Chiu Chung 
 
Production Design by
Kwok-wing Chong 
Alex Mok 
 
Costume Design by
William Fung 
 
Makeup Department
Farah Turjuman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Zain Duraie .... production management assistant
Issam M. Husseini .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arifa Bseiso .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Sound Department
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound designer
Kinson Tsang .... sound designer
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Po Yan Chan .... compositor
Siu Fu Ma .... compositor
Edward Pak .... compositor
 
Stunts
Kar Lok Chin .... action director
Kar Lok Chin .... stunt coordinator
Dante Lam .... action choreographer
Emerson Wong .... stunt performer
Shane Yan .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dory Aoun .... high speed camera
Hoi Yan Chan .... gaffer
Yuk Hoy Cheong .... steadicam: Malaysia
Samuel Fu .... assistant camera: first unit
Po Wing Ho .... assistant camera: third unit
Sze-cheung Hon .... camera operator: third unit
Mahmoud Hourani .... lighting technician: Jordan
Yiu-Fai Lai .... camera operator: third unit
Ming-Chuen Lo .... first assistant camera: third unit
Eric Oh .... steadicam operator
Kwee Sang Soo .... second assistant camera: Malaysia
Lin Yau Tsou .... camera operator: second unit
Teo Kok Wah .... second assistant camera: Malaysia
 
Other crew
Tarik Afifi .... production assistant
Jamal Al Adwan .... assistant location manager
Peng Seong Chuah .... handyman
Lim Chung Man .... image consultant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jik zin" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Blood Weapon" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
122 min
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11 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
sub-par action flick, 15 March 2012
Author: dmuel from downtown, Michigan

Sorry, but I cannot agree with all the rave reviews offered on this site. Here we have a Chinese Jason-Bourne-like character, who is on the trail of, and also abetting and saving a terrorist; a plot that involves possible use of biological weapons, corrupt agents, deadly gunfire and his mama. In short, it's something of a mess, but lots of gun-play, fistfights, and explosions will keep some folks happy.

I was inclined to leave this film early, but I find movies with Jay Zhou (or Chou as it's spelled here) amusing. Mr. Zhou has all the thespian skills of a turnip. He has his sullen face, his angry face, his sad face....in his last several films he does little talking. His shtick is to stare into the distance one way or another, and he plays this to a tee here. He can't act! Will someone please tell his paymaster! In this film a small portion of the dialog is in English, but I doubt anyone will understand Mr. Zhou's thick accent. Good thing there's subtitles! Suffice it to say, in this story the world will be doomed unless Jay Zhou succeeds.

In many scenes, the cops don't just seem helpless to stop the terrorists, they are helpless. The bad guys are near super-human, incredibly resourceful, and it's child's play for them to either gun down or escape from an army of machine-gun toting police. Several scenes definitely strain credulity; the action is not realistic, but clearly is comic-book fare.

An odd addition to the plot was the attempt to introduce sentimentality regarding one of the terrorists. This is a man who kills people, does kill many on screen, and somehow the director wants to show us his "human" side, (in this case with the introduction of a daughter that is little more than a prop in the movie), to induce pity or sympathy for him. Sorry, this guy is a killer (killers don't make good fathers, so the daughter is better off if he's not around), and he should die! John Woo did better at this sort of thing, because his Killer killed other criminals, but in this movie innocent people die. The director has connections and money, and Jay Zhou, but he has much to learn!

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