Infection (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3
- This product is accepted for return under certain conditions. For more details, please refer to our return policy.
- This product will not be shipped to Japan.
YesAsia Editorial Description
Starring Sano Shiro, Sato Koichi, and Takashima Masanobu, this chilling film is set in a run-down, under-funded, dimly lit hospital where health care has gone to the pits. Creepy, tired, and incompetent, the doctors and nurses neglect patients and practice medicine carelessly. When their actions lead to the death of a patient, the hospital decides to cover up the incident. Shortly afterwards, a man with a strange, green-oozing disease shows up. He mysteriously disappears, leaving behind his sickness and soon the infection begins to spread, afflicting the staff members one by one.
|Product Title:||Infection (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 感染 (DVD) (香港版) 感染 (DVD) (香港版) 感染 (DVD) (香港版) Infection (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Sato Koichi (Actor) | Hoshino Mari (Actor) | Sano Shiro (Actor) | Minami Kaho | Takashima Masanobu | Hata Michiko | Maki Yoko 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 星野真里 (Actor) | 佐野史郎 (Actor) | 南果步 | 高嶋政伸 | 羽田 美智子 | 真木陽子 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 星野真里 (Actor) | 佐野史郎 (Actor) | 南果步 | 高嶋政伸 | 羽田 美智子 | 真木阳子 佐藤浩市 (Actor) | 星野真理 (Actor) | 佐野史郎 (Actor) | 南果歩 | 高嶋政伸 | 羽田美智子 | 真木よう子 Sato Koichi (Actor) | Hoshino Mari (Actor) | Sano Shiro (Actor) | Minami Kaho | Takashima Masanobu | Hata Michiko | Maki Yoko|
|Director:||Ochiai Masayuki | Ochiai Masayuki Ochiai Masayuki | Ochiai Masayuki Ochiai Masayuki | Ochiai Masayuki 落合正幸 | Ochiai Masayuki Ochiai Masayuki | Ochiai Masayuki|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Asia Video (HK)|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1004920485|
* Sound mix: Dolby Digital
* DVD Type: DVD-5
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
An old, dilapidated hospital is barely able to keep its doors open to the public due to a constant lack of adequate medicine, facilities, and staff. The hospital is riddled with the agony and suffering of countless patients and the strain on the doctors and nurses has reached a critical limit. A doctor's negligence causes a patient to die and the panicked hospital staff decides to cover up the fatal mistake. Paramedics bring a new patient into the hospital who has been stricken with a virus so horrible an revolting that his internal organs have mysteriously disintegrated. The doctors attempt to contain the virus, but the ill patient escapes through the ventilation system ensuring that everyone inside the doomed hospital will have to fight for their lives from this horrifying epidemic.
Other Versions of "Infection (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"
- Product Title
- Our Price
Hong Kong Version
- Infection (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD
- Usually ships within 7 to 14 days
- Kansen - Premium Edition (Japan Version) DVD Region 2
- Out of Print
- Kansen (Korean Version) DVD Region 3
- Usually ships within 7 to 14 days
Customers who bought "Infection (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)" also bought
Customers who bought videos directed by Ochiai Masayuki also bought videos by these directors:
YumCha! Asian Entertainment Reviews and Features
Professional Review of "Infection (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"
Somewhere in Japan is a hospital that you REALLY do not want to be a patient in. Or a doctor. Or a nurse.
Faced with bankruptcy the place is dangerously low on supplies and staff. The director is unavailable for questions, suppliers do not want to sell them goods anymore because of bad credit, nurses work double shifts while their wages aren't being paid and the few remaining doctors are worn eggshell thin. In short: everyone would rather leave but their patients can't be abandoned or moved. A recipe for disaster, it's not long before a lethal mistake happens and the hospital suddenly has an untimely dead patient extra. Faced with disgrace and possible future unemployment, the witnesses face an ethic dilemma: report what really happened and suffer the consequences, or cover it up. Seeing as how this particular patient never received any visitors they choose the latter, but the shared secret sets everyone even more on edge than they are already.
And at that exact moment they are faced with a new emergency: against doctor Akiba's wishes a new patient who suffers from an incredibly aggressive infection is brought in. The man is being eaten alive by gangrene, basically dissolving into green goo. Even though the hospital does not have the means to possibly help this man, doctor Akai wants to research the patient because the discovery and description of this new spectacular disease could mean fame and fortune for all of them. But then the impossible happens: even though the dying patient has almost no muscle tissue left and inner organs have already liquefied, he disappears. Trails of eh… leftovers… point towards him having crawled into the building's maze of ventilation shafts. Everyone starts searching for him but one by one contaminated members of the staff seem to be seeing ghosts, and start to drip…
Can they stop the infection before they all LITERALLY fall apart?
Unfortunately, by the time the mystery patient disappears the movie loses all of its carefully built credibility. The moment the doctors say "This isn't possible!" you think exactly the same thing. The disease itself is already pretty outlandish, but now we suddenly get an alien-like monsterhunt on top of that, with the doctors running after "The Incredible Melting Patient"? And it certainly doesn't help that my hated fake scares start making an appearance during the search.
This is also the point where you stop going along with the main characters. Every single person NOT hitting the alarm button at that time fully deserves what's coming to them. And a note: self-reference doesn't solve everything, it just makes me aware that writer/director Masayuki Ochiai knows the story is getting a bit bumpy. "This isn't possible" indeed.
Thankfully Infection pulls itself partly together again, and turns out to be a clever horror story about perception. It doesn't get completely off the hook, but it manages to salvage a lot of the damage. Still, you're left with a bit of a schizophrenic picture. While the plot seems to be more in line with an epidemic thriller than with long-haired female ghosts, part of the setup points in another direction. Creepy patients seem to be seeing ghosts from the start and the picture seems to steer the viewer in two directions. On the one hand it's saying "look what a bad hospital, and look how realistic it all seems", while on the other hand it says "look, scary things are going to happen, you can expect Sadako to arrive anytime!". The disease and the perception angle are supposed to tie this all together, but it doesn't quite jell as well as I think Ochiai wanted.
Picturewise it looks splendid though. Masayuki Ochiai obviously knows his way around a camera and all is carefully composited to the point of art. He also plays with the colors a bit, and by changing the accents ever so gently he nudges the look of the film from realism to creepy to nightmarish. It reaches the point where you expect a city sign saying "Silent Hill" to appear. This is not his first SF-horror hospital movie (he also directed the Parasite Eve live action film) so maybe this was familiar territory, but it looks remarkably confident. I was really surprised to learn that this was a fairly low-budget affair, because it looks anything but cheap. There aren't any big moneyshots special effects-wise but what was on display for make-up effects looked fine. Green goop apparently doesn't cost much…
As for acting, everyone here turns in a good performance although standouts would be Kôichi Satô as doctor Akiba, who is the only one who manages to slightly cling to credibility during the film's low-point, and Kaho Minami as the stressed head nurse who is vital as the voice of reason during the cover-up.
Soundwise there is a decent Japanese Dolby stereo soundtrack, and that's it. Huh? No Dolby 5.1, DTS, let alone DTS-ES 6.1? Odd, because Hong Kong normally seems to be very fond of full bit-rate soundtracks, and with all those creepy echoing hospital corridors…
Barebones is barebones: no extras whatsoever. As consolation it's very cheap, the subtitles are excellent and the three menus are also completely English-friendly. The cover is also nice: if ever they make a live-action "PacMan" movie, that's the design they should use for the blue ghosts.
by Aardvark - Twitchfilm.net
Customer Review of "Infection (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"
See all my reviews
July 24, 2006
This customer review refers to Infection (US Version)
|I saw the Japanese version of this movie, and I must say it was pretty interesting. I sorta got lost towards the end, though. This movie is in no way scary or suspensful to me, but I did enjoy the storyboard. The infection was kinda gross and very fictional, but in a way un-original. I enjoyed it for the most part.|