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19 January 2012 (Hong Kong) See more »
International Security Affairs agent Jon is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country... See more » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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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
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  (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
Crystal Lee ... Man Cheung Sing
Elaine Jin ... Jon's Mother
Deep Ng ... Man Yeung's former partner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jawed El Berni ... Tyler's Henchman

Issam M. Husseini ... Jordanian Doctor
Man Biu Lee

Jared Robinsen ... Tyler (as Jared Robinson)

Ron Smoorenburg ... Tyler's Henchman

Andrew Dasz ... Villain (uncredited)

Steven Dasz ... Jordanian Mercenary (uncredited)

Brad Dirk Martin ... Russian Hitman (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Albert Lee .... producer
Candy Leung .... producer
Solon So .... co-executive producer
Solon So .... producer
Zhongjun Wang .... co-executive producer
Zhonglei Wang .... producer
Albert Yeung .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Kam 
Cinematography by
Kenny Tse (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Wai Chiu Chung 
Art Direction by
Kwok-Wing Chong 
Alex Mok 
Costume Design by
William Fung 
Makeup Department
Farah Turjuman .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Zain Duraie .... UMP assistant (Jordan Crew)
Issam M. Husseini .... unit production manager (Jordan Crew)
Catherine Lee .... assistant production manager (Malaysia Crew)
Ray Pang .... production manager
Tsz Kit Yau .... 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
Visual Effects by
Po Yan Chan .... senior animator
Siu Fu Ma .... animator
Edward Pak .... compositor
Kar Lok Chin .... stunt choreographer
Dante Lam .... stunt designer
Emerson Wong .... stunt performer
Shane Yan .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Hoi Yan Chan .... gaffer
Yuk Hoy Cheong .... steadicam: Malaysia
Samuel Fu .... assistant camera: first unit
Po Wing Ho .... assistant camera (first)
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
Dory Oan .... high speed camera DOP (Jordan Crew)
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
Tariq Afifi .... production assistant (Jordan Crew)
Jamal Al Adwan .... assistant location manager
Peng Seong Chuah .... handyman
Chi Han Goh .... handy man
Lim Chung Man .... image consultant
Lim Chung Man .... image designer

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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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122 min
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Promoted in german television with "Budget 250 million Euros, 150 just for insurance!"See more »


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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An action fan's dream come true, 19 January 2012
Author: mayurdeepz from Malaysia

There was a time not very long ago, when movies from Hong Kong meant one thing : "ACTION" sometimes an overdose of it. But regardless of the naysayers, they were quiet brilliant at it. But then they grew either too frivolous or too serious and sometimes too pretentious for their own good. Dante Lam (one of the better ones out there) in the face of this gradual change has earned himself a name for sticking to his "guns"; literally. & if the experience of his latest offer is anything to go by, the trend may just catch up again. I for one will not be complaining.

The GOOD : This potentially could be the most accomplished HK "action" movie in a contemporary sense of the word and setting. There have been a few masterclasses but most of them are either from the age of the Kings & Queens or of characters with super powers (yawn inducing). "The Viral Factor" does not have any gravity defying stunts nor does it have a single shot which is used to glamorise the protagonist or the antagonist. With all due respect to Donnie Yen, considered the best action man in town and my favourite too, there have been too many caricatured villains in his movies. Nothing like that in TVF. Its bare knuckles, blood splattered walls, rusty nails / water pipes, plenty of body bags, big guns in extended street chase sequences, car crashes, rocket launchers, helicopter chases and the list goes on. You absolutely have to give it to the director for his no holds barred approach from start to finish. He does not pretend its anything else. The leads Jay Chou & Nicholas Tse, have done a fantastic job and quite possibly have produced their best work yet. Chinese lads are not known for histrionics but some demanding & long single shots have brought out the best in them. Nicholas Tse in my book has grown to be in a different league compared to his "Dragon Tiger Gate" days and character.The story although not a pathbreaker has a sense of nobility in it with a platform for a large spectrum of emotions. The almost unseen city skyline that of KL (in a movie before this) is used as a backdrop and that adds on the rare but tingling after taste that the movie leaves. I was very curious to see how it'd turn up and its fair to say I am mighty impressed as I have lived right in the middle of almost all the places the story evolves through. The BAD : The screenplay does not do any huge favours to the story and is the biggest let down of the movie. It stands as the biggest deterrent to what it could have been. Mostly because, the 2nd n 3rd acts which is the glue that holds the end to the start tends to give a convoluted feel. There is nothing wrong in the story, but the sequence of events and there by its impact could have been spot on with some crisp writing. The editing leaves a little to be desired coz if that was snappy, TVF could have been an immortal piece of ACTION cinema. All these also mean that the runtime could do with some some chopping. Another sore point of the proceedings esp. for the non English speaking crowd, is the amount of English used in the script. Some of them were necessary and fits well. But I could not digest the main baddie delivering almost all his lines and most importantly the ones that mattered to the eventual development of the story, in English. And if it counts at all, I don't speak Cantonese or Mandarin nor understand 1 bit. Considering this is predominantly aimed at the Chinese with a more than liberal approach begging the westerners to pay a visit, the subtitles alone would have sufficed.

The FINAL WORD : Its recommended for the action fan. Go and have Yourself a great time at the theater. One of the best ways to kick off a new year.

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