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In a world where death can strike at any time, a renegade surgeon known as Black Jack operates outside the law, performing medical miracles of an almost paranormal nature. A madman, a genius and a mercenary, Black Jack has the power to cheat death itself for a terrible price!
Osamu Tezuka's popular manga Black Jack ran from 1973 to 1978, and was made into both animated and live-action features; Infection presents the first two installments of a nine-part OVA from 1996. Kuroh Hazama, a.k.a. Black Jack, is a brilliant but unlicensed physician specializing in diseases of the rich. For multimillion dollar fees, he performs medical miracles, usually assisted by a young woman who looks like a toddler. Jack discovers the virus that causes Kimaira, a mysterious plague that has reduced a billionaire industrialist to a pain-wracked skeleton. In a northern city, he rescues the teenage victims of a hospital owner linked to a drug cartel. Director Osamu Dezaki uses very limited visuals to present Black Jack's adventures, with still images taking the place of reaction shots and short scenes. (Rated 13 and older, but more appropriate for viewers over 16: nudity, grotesque imagery, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, sexual situations) --Charles Solomon