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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 »
Genre:
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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A movie about a virus threat and brothers reuniting. One's a cop, the other a terrorist. 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:

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

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

Ron Smoorenburg ... Gang member
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 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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A movie about a virus threat and brothers reuniting. One's a cop, the other a terrorist., 4 June 2012
Author: TC Lai from Singapore

This movie gets a 4/10 for its good photography work and action sequences, but as a film, it fails. The story is overly long and stretches one's incredulity. Plus, the lead actors do not die, no matter that they were shot point-blank and shown to be hurt or dead. The scene cuts to another without explaining how they survived. A scene where one of them falls into a shaft and emerges unhurt was, how to put it? Quite incredible. There were also just to many coincidences. If everything happened in a confined space, fine. But these are international terrorists and agents.

And the ideal of a rogue agent is no longer fresh. It's been done to death in Mission Impossible and 007 movies. Directors like Dante Lam must think the audience to be very dumb to fall for the same line again.

The first part of the movie feels as if director is trying to cut a "Hey, I can do that too", mimicking camera work and clear as sky photographic shots ala Transformers and Hurt Locker. That the locale is a war-torn area does not help. It's to reminiscent of recent war movies. Best to just move it along or show something different.

What impresses is how much action they managed to shoot in Malaysia. If you live around that region, you'll enjoy the scenes. Jackie Chan hasn't filmed there in a while and so this is welcomed.

What started as promising degenerated into an overly long story arc. Perhaps the story of a virus for sale isn't that exciting anymore. It would have been a better story about how one agent coped with his loss and injury. Perhaps finding redemption and revenge and what else. HK movies typically dilute human emotion into convenient clichés, and that's their problem. They forget that it is not always that simple or straight forward. Do HKongers ever pause to reflect? Go deeper? Be different? Not by the evidence of this movie.

Dante Lam may be a competent action director, but even though he has shown he is as capable as Michael Bay. He has also demonstrated that his story-telling is just as bad. All maybe worse.

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