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Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Jay Chou (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Michelle Bai (Actor)
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The Viral Factor (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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Dante Lam takes Hong Kong action cinema to a whole new level with The Viral Factor! The trigger-happy director of The Beast Stalker and The Stool Pigeon has garnered wide recognition as the new master of action films with his acclaimed crime thrillers, and now those successes have paved the way for him to make his most ambitious work yet. Carrying a massive budget of over HK$200 million, the epic-scaled international production allows him to go to locations as far as the Middle East to secure the backdrop and the military hardware required for the film's spectacular screen mayhem never before seen in Asian movies.

Lam teams up his frequent star Nicholas Tse with Taiwan pop king Jay Chou (The Green Hornet) as brothers separated at a young age who find themselves being enemies when they finally reunite with each other. The two charismatic leading men are thrown headlong into a bullet-paced thrill ride featuring visceral fights, explosive shootouts, and high-octane car chases as they took on a great deal of the stunts, choreographed by action director Chin Ka Lok, themselves. Interspersed with softer moments of touching family drama, the breathtaking blockbuster co-stars action actor Andy On, Mainland actresses Michelle Bai and Lin Peng, and veteran character actors Liu Kai Chi and Elaine Jin.

A botched operation in the war zone of Jordan leaves IDC agent Jon (Jay Chou) mortally wounded and his fiancée Ice (Michelle Bai) dead. Knowing that the bullet in his head could take his life anytime soon, he quits the force to stay with his mother (Elaine Jin), who then reveals the secret that he has a father (Liu Kai Chi) and an elder brother in Kuala Lumpur. Jon's trip to the Southeast Asia becomes a deadly struggle for world security when medical scientist Dr. Kan (Lin Peng) is abducted in a criminal group's plot to unleash a lethal virus, during which he finds his long-lost brother (Nicholas Tse) to be an escaped felon involved in the conspiracy...

It comes with special features: making-of, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, trailer, and photo gallery.

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Product Title: The Viral Factor (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 逆戰 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 逆战 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 逆戰 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) The Viral Factor (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Against War Against War Against War Against War Against War
Artist Name(s): Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Jay Chou (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | Michelle Bai (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Elaine Jin (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | Deep Ng (Actor) | Carl Ng (Actor) | Crystal Lee (Actor) 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 周 杰倫 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 白 冰 (Actor) | 廖啟智 (Actor) | 金燕玲 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 林鵬 (Actor) | 吳浩康 (Actor) | 吳嘉龍 (Actor) | 李 馨巧 (Actor) 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 周 杰伦 (Actor) | 安 志杰 (Actor) | 白 冰 (Actor) | 廖启智 (Actor) | 金燕玲 (Actor) | 姜浩文 (Actor) | 洪天照 (Actor) | 林鹏 (Actor) | 吴浩康 (Actor) | 吴嘉龙 (Actor) | 李 馨巧 (Actor) 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) | 周杰倫 (ジェイ・チョウ) (Actor) | 安志杰(アンディ・オン) (Actor) | ミシェル・バイ (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | 金燕玲(イレイン・カム) (Actor) | 姜皓文(キョン・ヒウマン) (Actor) | 洪天照(サミー・ハン) (Actor) | リン・ポン (Actor) | 呉浩康(ディープ・ン) (Actor) | 呉嘉龍(カール・ン) (Actor) | クリスタル・リー (Actor) 사 정봉 (Actor) | Jay Chou (Actor) | Andy On (Actor) | 백 빙 (Actor) | 요 계지 (Actor) | Elaine Jin (Actor) | Philip Keung (Actor) | Hung Tin Chiu (Actor) | Lin Peng (Actor) | Deep Ng (Actor) | Carl Ng (Actor) | Crystal Lee (Actor)
Director: Dante Lam 林 超賢 林 超贤 林超賢(ダンテ・ラム) Dante Lam
Action Director: Chin Ka Lok | Dante Lam 錢嘉樂 | 林 超賢 钱嘉乐 | 林 超贤 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) | 林超賢(ダンテ・ラム) Chin Ka Lok | Dante Lam
Release Date: 2012-03-29
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 122 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030430590

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* Special Features (43 mins):
- Trailers
- Slideshow
- The Making Of The Viral Factor
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind The Scenes

Director: Dante Lam

IDC Agent Jon sustains grave injuries on a mission and decides to spend his final days with his mother. She tells him a long-held secret. To fulfill her wishes, Jon goes to southeast Asia. He befriends medical specialist Rachel. When she is forced into the schemes of a criminal organization, Jon attempts rescue and becomes the target of the organization that includes his estranged brother Yang! When the organization betrays Yang and kidnaps his daughter Sheng, the brothers join forces to rescue Rachel and Sheng.
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Professional Review of "The Viral Factor (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 17, 2012

Dante Lam, the current great hope of Hong Kong action cinema, returns with The Viral Factor another slice of explosive, melodramatic mayhem. Following on from a mightily impressive run of critical and commercial hits including The Beast Stalker and The Stool Pigeon the film sees the director upping the stakes considerably, having been given a comparatively huge budget of over HK$200 million to play with. This translates into a variety of international filming locations, top notch special effects and military hardware dedicated to blowing things up in spectacular fashion, not to mention an all-star cast headlined by two of the most popular actors in Asia, Jay Chou and Nicholas Tse.

The action kicks off in Jordan, with Jay Chou as IDC (the amusingly fictitious International Defense Commission) agent Jon, whose operation to snatch a scientist involved in the creation of a lethal virus goes wrong when fellow officer Sean Wong (Andy On, True Legend) goes rogue, leaving his fiancee Ice (Michelle Bai, Shaolin) dead and him with a bullet in the head. With his injury meaning that he could pretty much just drop dead at any time, Jon heads home to visit his mother (Elaine Kam), who informs him that his runaway father (Liu Kai Chi, Turning Point 2) and elder brother Man Yeung (Tse) are still alive and living in Kuala Lumpur. Jon hops on the next plane, only to get caught up again in the virus plot, with Man Yeung having been hired by Sean to kidnap scientist Rachel (newcomer Lin Peng) to help him create a vaccine before unleashing it. With the life of Man Yeung's daughter Champ on the line, not to mention the safety of the world in general, the two brothers are forced to work together for the greater good.

It's easy to see why The Viral Factor is such an exciting prospect, giving one of Hong Kong's hottest genre helmers the chance to go toe to toe with Hollywood and to produce the kind of blockbuster spectacle rarely seen in Asian cinema. On this level, the film undoubtedly succeeds, with the top notch production values and international shooting locations, not to mention non-Asian actors who actually seem at least semi-professional for a change, giving it a lavish, suitably ambitious and epic feel. The action, choreographed by Lam and Chin Ka Lok is similarly stunning, packing in an amazing number of shoot outs, fights, car chases and explosions. The film is extremely loud and breathless throughout, barely pausing for thought between set pieces, with Lam again showing that few other directors have his style and creativity when it comes to controlled chaos. There's plenty of blood and carnage along the way, and the overwhelming sense of destructiveness is helped by some decent use of convincing CGI effects and some excellent stunt work, the film going through a very respectable number of ruined cars.

Perhaps inevitably, the film's single minded focus on its awesome action does mean that the plot and everything else suffers somewhat as a result. The script is muddled and rarely makes much sense, trying to combine conspiracy and family melodrama in convoluted fashion and showing an at times laughable reliance on unlikely coincidence. Whilst Lam certainly seems to have made an effort to add some kind of emotional impact, despite decent performances from both Jay Chou and Nicholas Tse, their dynamic and the film's various relationships all fall a bit flat, partly due to being taken needlessly seriously when a touch of playfulness might have served better. Thankfully, Lam feeds the melodrama through in short mouthfuls and never lets it slow things down, the film hurtling along between its explosions at breakneck pace.

Ultimately, it's on action and thrills that The Viral Factor should be judged, and on this score Dante Lam has delivered very much as promised, making fun and effective use of the film's much mooted big budget. Although not as intense and gripping as The Beast Stalker or The Stool Pigeon it's easily the biggest and boldest Hong Kong thriller of the last couple of years, and despite its lapses in plot compares favourably with most Hollywood films of the same type.

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Customer Review of "The Viral Factor (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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April 6, 2012

This customer review refers to The Viral Factor (2012) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Action packed. Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Dante lam is on form with this action packed movie! The pace is pretty much non stop throughout. Both jay chou and nicolas tse turn in good performances. Tse probably had no problem learning his lines though as he does not say much! The blu ray disc looks great throughout the movie. I listened to the dts 7.1 surround track which was brilliant and really packed a punch and had good directional effects. A must purchase movie.
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