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Movies don't get much more outrageous than this! The real-life horrors of the SARS virus serve as twisted inspiration for the over-the-top Thai horror comedy SARS Wars from director Taweewat Wantha. Referencing everything from Star Wars to Matrix to comic books, this 2004 cult hit is a glorious hodgepodge of gore, action, comedy, animation, and zombies of every persuasion.

When rich schoolgirl Liu (Phintusada Tunphairao) is kidnapped by a gang led by transvestite Yai (Somlek Sakdikul), Khun Krabii (Supakorn Kitsuwan) and his trusty light saber are sent to recover the girl. It seems like just another day in the work of a superhero when Khun arrives at the gang's hideout, but it turns out the building also happens to be ground zero for an outbreak of the Type 4 strain of the SARS virus. This particularly nasty mutation of the virus kills the afflicted - and then turns them into zombies! Soon he's not only battling the gang, but also the undead, including a zombie fetus and, yes, a zombie python. With his light saber running out of batteries and the Ministry of Health planning to bomb the building into oblivion, will Khun and Liu ever see the light of day?

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Product Title: SARS Wars (DVD) (Thailand Version) 非典戰爭 (DVD) (泰國版) 非典战争 (DVD) (泰国版) SARS Wars (DVD) (Thailand Version) SARS Wars (DVD) (Thailand Version)
Also known as: Bangkok Zombie Crisis Bangkok Zombie Crisis Bangkok Zombie Crisis Bangkok Zombie Crisis Bangkok Zombie Crisis
Artist Name(s): Tep Pho Ngam (Actor) | Suppakorn Kitsuwan | Suthep Pongam Tep Pho Ngam (Actor) | Suppakorn Kitsuwan | Suthep Pongam Tep Pho Ngam (Actor) | Suppakorn Kitsuwan | Suthep Pongam Tep Pho Ngam (Actor) | Suppakorn Kitsuwan | Suthep Pongam Tep Pho Ngam (Actor) | Suppakorn Kitsuwan | Suthep Pongam
Director: Taweewat Wantha 塔韋華 溫泰 Taweewat Wantha Taweewat Wantha Taweewat Wantha
Release Date: 2005-11-15
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: Thailand
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 95 (mins)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004095190

Product Information

* Screen Format : 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
* Sound Mix : Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Extras:
- Trailer
- TV Spot
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind the Scenes
- Music Video

Director: Taweewat Wantha

  A new generation of the SARS virus is found, which causes patients to become bloodthirsty zombies. At the same time, a gangster's daughter is kidnapped and must be rescued before the government drops a bomb on the building to exterminate the infected.
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Professional Review of "SARS Wars (DVD) (Thailand Version)"

November 21, 2005

SARS Wars sees the ever expanding Thai film industry take a stab at the zombie sub-genre, which has been given somewhat of an action packed facelift in recent years. Thankfully, unlike a great many of the recent genre films from Thailand which appear to have been shot on video, writer/director Taweewat Wantha actually has a pretty decent budget to work with, resulting in a film with a slick, professional look that even manages some fairly impressive CGI work.

The plot is standard stuff, with the denizens of a high rise apartment block under siege after the titular disease mutates into an infectious form that turns its victims into flesh-eating ghouls. Thrown into the mix are a bunch of dim-witted kidnappers and virginal warrior Khun (Supakorn Kitsuwon, also in the Thai classic Tears of the Black Tiger), whose master sends him on a mission to rescue Liu (Phintusuda Tunphairao), the nubile, school uniform wearing kidnapped victim. In the best tradition, it transpires that the new form of the virus has been engineered by the military who, led by dominatrix Dr. Diana (Lene Christensen), storm the building in order to wipe out the infection as part of a test of its effectiveness.

Although the plot is essentially similar to that of Versus, Bio-Zombie and countless others, the excellently titled SARS Wars scores extra points for working in some surreal comedy and irreverent social commentary amongst the plentiful gore and scantily clad women. The laughs are generally effective, if at times rather puzzling for Western viewers and complement the film's more serious horror elements quite nicely. Although the film degenerates into narrative chaos long before the nonsensical final scenes, since it is obvious from the start that the whole affair is not meant to be taken seriously, this approach actually works quite well and the wackiness never feels forced. Much like Herman Yau's classic The Ebola Syndrome, the film makes no real use of the actual SARS virus, though the use of it in such a far out way surely scores a few points for bad taste humor in the fine tradition of exploitation cinema.

Director Wantha keeps things moving along at a lunatic pace, and throws in playful references to a variety of films, including lightsabers and a Kill Bill style series of animated scenes which for some reason endow the female lead with massive breasts. The film is pretty much non-stop action of one sort or another, and when things threaten to slow down, Wantha improvises by throwing in a giant CGI snake and a bizarre, Crying Game style transvestite gag which adds a genuinely disturbing note to the proceedings.

Although the film is fairly bloody, with some graphic neck and entrail chewing, there are no real standout scenes of nastiness. In fact, a great deal of the splatter is played for laughs, especially since the majority of it is directed against the zombies, who are dispatched in a variety of inventive and bizarre ways. Being a Thai film, there is plenty of sex and ladies wearing leather bondage outfits during the most impractical of moments, but no actual nudity, a fact that Wantha pokes fun at several times. Overall, being determinedly self-referential and soaked in pop cinematic culture, SARS Wars is perhaps more likely to appeal to the fan boy crowd. However, its flair and high action quotient make for exciting viewing, and the film stands out as one of the sub-genre's best, and certainly one of the better genre efforts to have come out of Thailand in recent times.

Movie Grade: 4/5

By James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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