“This is the most overexaggerated part of the movie”
Sars War is a Taiwanese horror/comedy from 2004. Part zombie movie, part manga, part superhero, part monster movie & utterly insane this isn’t going to appeal to everyone but for those it does, it’s one hell of a fun ride.
As the movie starts the Taiwanese government assures the public it is sars free, especially the deadly sars 4 strain, which turns its victims into flesh-eating zombies. Meanwhile in Africa the virus is at epidemic level. A hornet bites an infected zombie & during its long travels gets hit by an airliner, landing in Taiwan. Here it stings a man on the back of the neck, infecting him. Meanwhile a dodgy businessman’s daughter Lui is kidnapped for ransom by a gang of crooks led by a transvestite. The businessman hires an old friend, Master Thep to rescue his daughter. Thep having been injured in his previous outing sends his protegé Khun Krabii to rescue her. Krabii tracks Lui to a highrise apartment building which happens to be where the infected man has gone. Soon the building is overrun by zombies & even a giant zombie python called Albert! Master Thep sensing danger rushes to the building to help just as it is sealed by the authorities. He enters the building disguised as one of the health team sent in to the building headed by Dr Diana who is wearing some rather fetching latex hot pants under her decontamination suit! What follows is just insanely over the top.
If the preceding plot synopsis seems muddled it is because trying to write a synopsis without giving away too much of this movie is like clapping with one hand! The movie has been labelled as Taiwan’s answer to Braindead/DeadAlive. While I can see where people would make that comparison, but they are two completely different movies. Sars War is so ridiculously over the top it almost defies description. The comedy in the movie is extremely silly including some ridiculous sound effects, but had me laughing throughout. The acting ranges from adequate to downright dreadful & the special effects are patchy at best. But none of that matters. The zombie baby CGI is dreadful but it still makes you laugh for the right reasons. The movie moves at breakneck pace & there is seldom a dull moment. Suthep Po-ngam as Master Thep steals the movie, his performance is pure comedic gold, often breaking the fourth wall & referring to the movie itself. I must also mention Lene Christensen as Dr Diana who looks drop dead gorgeous (pun intended) in her latex hot pants & fishnet top. The movie’s finale takes the lunacy to the nth degree, twisting what has gone before & utilising animated sequences to fill in backstory & bizarre plot twists. I really can’t think of any other way of describing this, just see it for yourself.
Sars War is one of those films you are either going to love or hate. It really is a “Marmite” movie. If you enjoyed films like Wild Zero & Bio Zombie then this film is for you. Personally I loved it, it’s one of those so dreadful its wonderful movies that just entertain. A perfect beer & pizza movie.