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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 »
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Behold! Over Twelve Minutes of Killer Bus Goodness
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Review: The Viral Factor May Be The Year's Best Asian Action Movie!
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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
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Directed by
Dante Lam 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dante Lam  screenplay and story
Candy Leung  story
Wai Lun Ng  screenplay

Produced by
Albert Lee .... co-producer
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
 
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
 
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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Better than it ought to be, 13 May 2012
Author: Simon Booth from UK

A team of military special forces are escorting a scientist and his family in the Middle East when they are ambushed by terrorists, intent on taking the scientist's work on a genetically engineered super-strain of smallpox and using it for their own private financial gain. One of the operatives receives a bullet in the head, but declines to stay in hospital to recuperate, instead heading off to Malaysia to look for his estranged father and the brother he never knew he had. As luck would have it, this course of action brings him back in contact and indeed conflict with the terrorists.

Hong Kong does not typically do hi-tech action thrillers very well, and terrorists seeking super-viruses is certainly a red flag when it comes to a Hong Kong movie. The smarter Hong Kong's scriptwriters try to make their characters sound, the dumber they usually come across, and this is no exception. Additionally, credibility-stretching coincidences are rarely a hallmark of a well-written script. One incredible coincidence which becomes the centre-piece of the story, exploring how the effects of random probability or the hand of fate can transform a person's life, can make for an interesting story and film. When your hi-tech action thriller introduces at least 3 unbelievable coincidences in an attempt to make your story about super-viruses seem more coherent, you should probably realise you've taken the wrong track.

In short, the script for The Viral Factor is a mess... ridiculously, eyeball rollingly so, really. The annoying thing is that it's all quite unnecessary... at its heart there is a story of two estranged brothers that have found themselves on opposite sides of the law, but who have to cooperate to protect their family and see if they can find forgiveness and redemption. The implausible coincidences don't really add anything to that scenario, and the whole terrorists with super-viruses aspect is basically not needed, too. They're plot devices that speak of a weak writer, one who feels that the simple motivations of family, love, guilt and redemption just aren't enough to engage the viewer... when in fact they're the only parts of the script that do.

Somehow, the glaring flaws in the story do not derail The Viral Factor nearly as much as you feel they ought to. The writing is awful, but pretty much everything else about the film is good. Dante Lam's direction is strong, the performances from Jay Chou and Nic Tse are good, visuals and production values are excellent and the action scenes are top calibre. Some individual scenes are well written and executed, and there is generally a lot to like about the film. Generally, the further the whole 'Viral Factor' aspect is pushed into the background, the more engaging and enjoyable the film is - and for much of the running time it is indeed relegated to the background.

If Lam had had the confidence to just excise all the hi-tech espionage type fluff and focus on the emotional core of the story, he could have made a great film here... though admittedly he'd have robbed himself of some excuses for staging some quite remarkable action scenes (though I'm sure he'd have found a way). As it is, I guess he can take some credit for managing to produce a pretty solid film despite the self-imposed handicap of a ridiculous script.

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