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Ebola Syndrome
Year: 1998
Director: Herman Yau Lai-To
Producer: Wong Jing
Cast: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Vincent Wan Yeung-Ming, Shing Fui-On, Wong Chui-Ling, Marianne Chan Miu-Ying, Lo Meng, Peter Ngor Chi-Kwan, Cheung Liu, Lam Chiu-Wing, Ng Shui-Ting
The Skinny: Anthony Wong plays yet another depraved rapist vivisectionist who feels justified in his killing because he doesn't like to be bullied. This time around, he catches the Ebola virus, becomes a carrier instead of dying, and spreads the virus all over South Africa and Hong Kong. Good times!

     This was one over-the-top gore flick! There's a lot of really depraved behavior going on as well, but it's played with such zeal by Anthony Wong that it becomes worth checking out. The tone wasn't really disturbing or horrific, which is pretty impressive considering that there's so much nasty stuff going on, but the film was actually pretty humorous and overall very amusing.
The story concerns a criminal named Kai (Wong) who, after killing his boss and his whole family (save for one young daughter), flees to South Africa and becomes a cook in a Chinese restaurant owned by Shaw Brothers star Lo Meng. Uh-oh! One day while visiting a nearby village to buy cheap pork he happens upon a dying African woman whom he proceeds to rape.
     Well, it seems that woman was dying from the Ebola virus and now Kai has it. But here's the best part...he's one in 100,000 people who don't die, but become a carrier! From there Kai kills his employers and makes (what else?)
"African Buns" which his customers gobble up and contract Ebola from. Then Kai goes back to Hong Kong, so for the rest of the movie we get to see Anthony Wong sneezing and spitting on people, not to mention spreading the deadly virus to a bunch of hookers via his semen and saliva.
     I would have loved to have been there when Wong sat down with director Herman Yau to discuss just how far they should go with this one. Well, they went pretty far. One good example is after Kai finishes a killing spree with a pair of scissors. He is a bloody mess and his long hair is sticking to his face so he wipes the bloody hair away from his eyes with the scissors. Great little moment.
     Right about now you're probably thinking "But why would you WANT to see this?" Hey, I'm a fan of the Grand Guignol and this film has a notorious reputation. I had to at least see it once just because I was curious. Of course, I said that about Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer and that one still sticks with me as something I could've lived my whole without seeing. (Magicvoice 2002)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Universe Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English Subtitles
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