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Infection (2004)

Kansen (original title)
INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient.

Director:

Masayuki Ochiai

Writers:

Ryôichi Kimizuka (story), Masayuki Ochiai (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Michiko Hada Michiko Hada ... Dr. Nakazono
Mari Hoshino Mari Hoshino ... Nurse
Tae Kimura Tae Kimura ... Nurse
Yôko Maki ... Nurse
Kaho Minami ... Head nurse
Moro Morooka ... Dr. Kishida
Shirô Sano ... Kiyoshi Akai
Kôichi Satô ... Dr. Akiba
Masanobu Takashima ... Dr. Uozumi
Isao Yatsu Isao Yatsu ... Hospital Patient
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Evil is contagious] See more »

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for horror-related images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was released as a double feature with Norio Tsuruta's Premonition(2004) as part of Takashige Ichise's J-Horror Theater. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paramedic: [over phone] We're in transit with an unconscious male. Condition stable, mid-forties, temperature 105, mental confusion, no apparent injuries... but has a black rash on the chest and arms. Any available ER, please respond.
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Yume
Performed by Miwako Okuda
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Confused yet?
11 May 2005 | by Ky-DSee all my reviews

Like so many J-horror flicks in years past, the plotting is a nonsensical mess of seemingly random events tied to a loose running narrative, but the visuals do a good job of maintaining interest.

A patient dies at a hospital due to a mistake made by a team of hospital personnel. Wanting so save their careers, they vow to cover it up. Around the same time, a young man arrives at the hospital exhibiting symptoms of an unknown contagion. After the youth dies due to the virus (by melting away, of all the unpleasant ways to go), the members of the conspiracy start behaving strangely and also experiencing the same symptoms. What is happening to them? That is about as linear as the plot ever gets, from there on the story starts rocketing back and forth between flashbacks, hallucinations, ghostly encounters and other odd events. Moreover, rather than moving toward a resolution of conflict, it merely gets weirder and stranger the longer it runs. The characters are mostly anarchistic views of social stereotypes, which makes hardly any of them likable or sympathetic. Also, the story drags for the first 30 minutes or so, while the last 30 minutes shoot by way to quickly; some re-editing could have helped with that.

Visually, the film is nice. A greenish hue covers most of the film, which gives it an eerie sort of discomfort. Also, many shot choices and camera angles add to the feeling of things not being right. There is a fair amount of 'gooey' scenes, but not very much in the way of the red stuff. Most of the scare set ups are fairly well done, but many of them conclude without much pay-off.

There's good (visuals), there's bad (the script), meaning it's really only meant for J-film fanatics.

6/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 October 2004 (Japan) See more »

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$7,001,064
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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