One of my favorite movies -- SARS Wars -- has recently been released on DVD in Hong Kong. While the Thai DVD that came out around 2004 or 2005 had English subtitles, and there was a U.S. release awhile back as well, the all-region Hong Kong disc is a welcome addition.
The last great movie produced by Uncle at Film Bangkok before the studio unceremoniously closed shop, SARS Wars is a zombie movie as can only be made in Thailand, pulling out all the stops with outrageously goofy comedy, great action, a giant snake and lots of blood (and, oh yeah, attractive women).
Supakorn Kitsuwan stars as the hero, Krabi, who must rescue a wealthy Catholic schoolgirl (Phintusuda Tunphairao ) from kidnappers led by a cross-dressing Somlek Sakdikul. But the apartment building where the gang is hiding out is home to a vicious strain of severe acute respiratory syndrome, which turns its victims into bloodythirsty, teeth-gnashing zombies. Thep Po-ngam co-stars as Krabi's mentor, Master Thep, with Lena Christensen as the pleather-clad health official Dr. Diana.
The movie is directed by Taweewat Wantha, who in 2007 directed another piece of wackiness, The Sperm. I wonder what he's working on?
In the the U.S. the movie has been alternately titled Bangkok Zombie Crisis, while in Hong Kong it's being called Unlikely Hero.
Peter Nellhaus at Coffee Coffee and More Coffee recently caught an English-subtitled trailer for SARS Wars, saying it "may be best trailer ever, next to Orson Welles introducing something called Citizen Kane." I looked for the clip on YouTube, but all I found was the Thai trailer and a music video. They are still a lot of fun.
The Hong Kong DVD of SARS Wars is at YesAsia.
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