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Year: 1998 "Don't destroy us! We are a peaceful people!"
Lai Suk-Yin, Sam Lee and Jordan Chan
Director: Wilson Yip Wai-Shun
Producer: Joe Ma Wai-Ho
Cast: Jordan Chan Siu-Chun, Sam Lee Chan-Sam, Angela Tong Ying-Ying, Emotion Cheung Kam-Ching, Bonnie Lai Suk-Yin, Lai Yiu-Cheung, Fast Beat, Slow Beat, Matt Chow Hoi-Kwong
The Skinny: Enjoyable horror-comedy that confounds expectations and manages to deliver equal parts horror, comedy and character.
by Kozo:
     Director Wilson Yip (Teaching Sucks!!) brings us this funny horror flick that takes all expectations and throws them out the window. Woody Invincible (Jordan Chan) and Crazy Bee (Sam Lee) are two low-level triads who run a bootleg VCD shop in the urban New Trend shopping arcade. Due to a bizarre string of events, the two bring a biochemical-induced zombie to New Trend, where it proceeds to run amok.
     Woody and Bee have their own problems - they robbed comely beautician Rolls (Angela Tong) to pay their boss, but she suspects them. Meanwhile, local sushi boy Loi (Cheung Kam-Ching ) lusts after Rolls. Throw in a disgruntled cel phone salesman (Lai Yiu-Cheung), his mousy wife (Lai Suk-Yin), and a couple of wacky cops (current pop personalities Fast Beat and Slow Beat), and you have a motley crew assembled for your standard horror-comedy fun.
     However, things never go exactly the way you expect them to, proving for a disconcerting but also strangely affecting movie. The tone switches from comedy to horror to drama in seconds, giving us a ride not unlike the mind-bending HK flicks of the late eighties - except with more current pop culture references. This is a genre film which plays to its genre so effectively that it canít even give us the cheesy happy ending that a more compromising film would have.
     Bio-Zombie is entertaining and interesting, in part due to the actors (Jordan Chan and Sam Lee have good chemistry) and also due to the strangely apocalyptic tone the film takes on. The movie doesnít head where you think it will, but once it gets there you can see why it did. (Kozo 1998)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles

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