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Bio-Zombie (1998)

Sun faa sau si (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 11 June 1998 (Hong Kong)
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A group of young shoppers and employees must band together when a zombie outbreak over runs their Hong Kong shopping center in the middle of the shopping day.

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Wilson Yip

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Matt Chow, Man Sing So (as Siu Man Sing) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jordan Chan ... Woody Invincible (as Siu Chun Chan)
Emotion Cheung ... Loi (as Kam Ching Cheung)
Sam Lee ... Crazy Bee (as Chan Sum Lee)
Yiu-Cheung Lai ... Kui (as Yiu Cheung Lai)
Angela Ying-Ying Tong ... Rolls (as Angela Tong)
Suk Yin Lai Suk Yin Lai ... Jelly
Tat-Wah Lok ... Military Officer (as Tat Wah Lok)
Frankie Chan ... Ox
Tak Chi Tam Tak Chi Tam ... Policeman #3001
Chi Chuen Chan Chi Chuen Chan ... Policeman #9466
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Soi Cheang ... Automobile Repairman (as Pou-Soi Cheang)
Francis Cherry Francis Cherry ... Man A (voice)
Siu-Lung Ching ... Chan Kam-Shing
Matt Chow ... Shing's Assistant
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... Mrs. Kui / TV Announcer / Cindy (voice) (as Dorothy Melendrez)
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Hong Kong's answer to George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead. A soft drink tainted with "Iraqi bio-chemicals" has the power to turn people into flesh-eating zombies. Gangsters smuggle it into HK, only to become instant zombie prey. One of the gang escapes with the bottle, but is run over by two young VCD sellers and wannabe petty criminals (Woody Invincible and Crazy Bee) returning to their mall shop in their bosses' car. Trying to revive him, they give him a drink of what they think is Lucosade. With him seemingly dead and unsure of what to do, they bring the corpse back to the mall with them in the boot of their car. They make the mistake of leaving the boot open. And, pretty soon, the mall is crawling with zombies. The odd couple and a bunch of other mall employees have to bond together to try and fight their way out. Written by jon/dica <dica@massivemag.com>, corrected by Matt

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Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Hakka

Release Date:

11 June 1998 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Bio Zombie See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include Sam Lee and Jordan Chan inside a theater, complaining about the movie they're bootlegging... Bio Zombie! See more »

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Don't expect horror...
16 October 2002 | by cornjob-2See all my reviews

Should this movie be described as a Hong Kong take on Dawn of the Dead? No. Return of the Living Dead? No, certainly not. Mallrats with zombies? Sounds better.

The point of this movie is not to provide stark raving terror, deep social commentary, or five gallons of blood per second. This movie is fun. Follow the lives of a pair of small-time punks running a VCD shop, the likable Crazy Bee and the incredibly named Woody Invincible, as they try to get their boss's car and end up accidentally unleashing a zombie plague. Oops. But even before the first zombie shows up, the duo has gotten into some amusing scrapes and got out of them with bluster that for once is not unlikable. They may be jerks, but at least their the kind of jerks you can see yourself hanging out with.

When the zombies show up, the movie stays focused on Woody and Bee. It seems so wrong to say that this movie is character driven, but it is. Not it a dramatic sense, but in the sense that the characters and not the zombies are the main focus of the movie. That surprisingly doesn't hurt the film, as the interactions are definetly between our heroic duo and the zombies are generally amusing.

But the movie knows when to get serious. The last ten minutes or so switch from humor to seriousness (save one speech from Bee) suddenly and yet without missing a step. The last ten minutes seem to come from a "real" zombie movie and are filled with emotion and pathos. It's kind of startling, but it also fits.

All in all, I definetly recommend this movie. It is one of my favorites. Just go in expecting humor. Heck, it's best to go into the movie not knowing anything about it.


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