Ebola Syndrome

1996 [CN]

Crime / Horror

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 20%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 3859

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Anthony Chau-Sang Wong as Kai / convict
720p.BLU
922.89 MB
1280*682
chi 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

An exercise in bad taste

Hong Kong's extreme Category III rating allows producers and directors to cater to the sickest desires of their audiences by focusing on violence, sex, sexual violence and scenes of depravity normally not found in mainstream cinema. During the 1990s, there was a boom in such productions, with the most popular inevitably starring Anthony Wong as some kind of crazed killer or pervert.

THE EBOLA SYNDROME is one of the best-known of its kind and that's no surprise; this is one hell of a ride of a film, chock-full of bad taste scenes in which the writer tries to go out of his way to offend everybody watching. The protagonist, played by Wong, is a guy who goes around raping women and eventually contracting and spreading the Ebola virus, which leads to much unpleasantness.

From the opening set-piece you know what you're in for with this one: tons of bad language, naked women and gross gore effects. The directors throws in animal dissection, autopsies and all kinds of sickening stuff involving food production that's guaranteed to turn your stomach. Rape and murder are commonplace, and yet at the same time there's daft comedy to offset the darkness. It's all portrayed so over the top and ridiculously that none of it is disturbing.

What surprised me most about THE EBOLA SYNDROME is that it's a well made movie comparable with other Hong Kong films of the 1990s. The technical values are strong and the acting isn't too shabby either; Wong is a commanding actor and you can see why he's enjoyed mainstream as well as cult success. Yes, this is an unpleasant and sometimes childish film in the way it seeks out one depravity after another, but at the same time it's undeniably entertaining and it goes down avenues that Hollywood wouldn't dare. The ending rampage is by far my favourite part of the movie and has to be seen to be believed.

Reviewed by rmax304823 2 / 10

Oriental Gentleman Lacks People Skills.

This Grand Guignol comes from the austere People's Republic of China? Jende ma?

I sat through about half of this frenzied mess before tuning out. It isn't that I found it too gross. The living frogs being chopped up weren't so bad. I've dissected frogs in class. The chickens getting their heads wrenched off weren't that offensive because I saw lots of chickens get it when I was a child. I helped castrate pigs in Pago Pago. It's that it was badly made, as if by an amateur on crack.

It's loud, fast, full of lurid color, and in the first half hour the director gives us -- let me think -- well, it begins with adultery, goes on to torture and mass murder, spitting a ginder into a pot of tea, doing to a piece of pork what Alexander Portnoy did to a piece of liver in "Portnoy's Complaint," rape, decapitation, ejaculating into a body in its death throes, serving sweet and sour pork to a diner who'd ordered steamed pork, and wearing white after Labor Day.

Violence can be done poetically. It has more impact when some care is taken with it. It was shocking when Roman Polanski's midget put a slice through Jack Nicholson's naris in "Chinatown." This violence is boring because the film is nothing but violence. Can anyone sit through a pornographic feature film without being bored? No. No one can. This movie runs into the same problem with satiation. Enough doesn't necessarily mean that the bloodshed and degradation must be forced on you as if you were a Strassbourg goose.

Let's face facts. Anyone who finds violence, sex, blood, and screaming insults attractive, has never been married.

Well, let me add a plus. Most of the Chinese girls are very attractive, dressed or disheveled. Gong Li should have shown so much flesh.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 7 / 10

Fun, in a sleazy way, but not as impactive as I had imagined.

'Bunman: The Untold Story' director Herman Yau and star Anthony Wong reunite for this depraved tale of murder, rape and deadly infections. Anyone familiar with their earlier infamous work knows that these two will go to extremes to gross out and horrify the audience, and in The Ebola Syndrome, they pull out all the stops as we follow the story of Kai – vicious killer, sex beast and carrier of the titular disease.

Wong plays Kai, who, after killing three people in Hong Kong (and unwittingly leaving a young girl as a witness), flees to South Africa, where he finds employment in a Chinese restaurant. Kai obviously has issues, since he delights in such dubious pleasures as spitting and masturbating into the restaurant's food, and, whilst on a trip to a Zulu village to buy meat, he stops to rape an unconscious native woman. It is from her that he contracts Ebola, a highly contagious disease that causes liquefying of the internal organs.

Kai falls ill, but miraculously recovers several days later; it transpires that he is one of the few that can survive the disease to become carriers, spreading Ebola though the exchange of bodily fluids.

Kai kills the restaurant owners (after first having raped the woman), and, in a scene reminiscent of The Untold Story, makes burgers from their minced up bodies. These he sells to the restaurant's customers, spreading Ebola throughout Johannesburg.

But, unbeknownst to Kai, the little girl from the opening scene, now fully grown, has recently visited the restaurant and suspects him of being her parents' killer. She goes to the authorities with her suspicions and now, with the police hot on his trail, Kai heads back to HK where he leaves a trail of death in his wake.

Director Yau, obviously inspired by the previous year's 'Outbreak', could've crafted a taut horror, playing on the audience's fears of infection, or created a gore-filled splatterfest, but instead he mostly opts for grossing out the audience with cheap shots like the aforementioned wanking scene and much rough sex. He even throws in some real-life animal mutilation, just for good measure.

Whilst there is plenty of depravity for fans of shock-cinema to enjoy, the Ebola Syndrome ultimately fails to match the extreme visceral punch that made The Untold Story so memorable.

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