8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2007
I have no frame of reference as to how much this film was cut from the actually originally HK release. However after doing some serious research, I have come to the conclusion that this film is only missing 3 minutes from the original disease infested masterpiece. It appears that all current DVD versions of this film came from the same print (which is actually the only print known to be in existence). Therefore, this is the best version any of us are likely to ever have the pleasure of viewing...
That being said, I found this film to be incredibly entertaining and highly amusing. Once again, director Herman Yau and Cat III Master, Anthony Wong have teamed up for an exploitative winner. The first film I had the pleasure of viewing from this winning team was the amazing 'The Untold Story'. That film was based on a true story and was much more serious in tone. This little gem was much more exploitative and over-the-top...
I absolutely love the plot of this masterpiece. The movie starts out with a bang (literally). Anthony Wong is caught having sex with his bosses wife. He then quickly and violently dispenses with both of them. Now of course he needs to disappear so he heads to South Africa where he obtains work in a filthy restaurant. The price of meat becomes too much for him and his boss to handle so they head into the bush to acquire some 'bush-meat'. On the way back to the city he rapes one of the natives. This woman happened to have the Ebola Virus...
Luckily for us, Mr. Wong is a rare one-in-a-million case of individual who will carry the Ebola Virus without succumbing to it's terrible deadly side-effects. The rest of the film is a joy to watch as Mr. Wong careless spreads the disease to the terrified populations of South Africa and Hong Kong in various entertaining ways...
Anthony Wong is pitch perfect as the perverted psychopath and Herman Yau once again provides the deft direction needed to please use gore & sleaze fiends...
I don't want to give away too much of the plot (like it matters), but as a fan of sleaze, explotation, and gratuitous entertainment I can wholeheartedly reccomend this sweet little film. If you are a fan of wonderful Cat III filth directly from Hong Kong, the 'Ebola Syndrome' does not disapoint....
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2008
Definitely one of my favorites of it's kind, this is one of the best Cat3 film's out there, and that's saying alot. The story is about a viscious killer who gets infected by the ebola virus after raping a girl, then spreads the virus in South Africa and Hong Kong causing people to convulse (oozing with bodily fluids) in violent seizures. There are some really great special effect's (one scene evern reminded me of the Guini Pig series), eyeball's being sucked out, private area's being stabbed, autopsy's, some unforgiving rape scenes, and really good production values. Fans of Untold story should check this out, Anthony Wongs' performance is brilliant as usual. Highly recommended to fans of bad-a** cinema.
*This version is uncut and in it's full length, not sure why one of the other reviewers said it was not.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2007
The Untold Story starring Anthony Wong and directed by Herman Yau is one of my top favorite movies. I was researching more Anthony Wong movies and found this one.
I sometimes start to think I have uncovered all the great movies there are but I have found a true gem when I watched this with low expectations (due to another Amazon review stating how cut it was and thinking this would be more of a drama on the ebola virus).
We have Anothony Wong back again and he is basically the same character as he is in the Untold Story. He is a psycho restaurant worker who kills those who enrage him and end up being served to the patrons.
In this story, Anthony Wong is Kai the restaurant worker who is always complaining to himself about "being bullied" by everyone he encounters and eventually kills three people. This time he goes to South Africa before he gets caught.
In Africa, he does a whole lot more complaining to himself about "being bullied" until he kills again. Yet again, Kai goes on a killing rampage and his victims are served as tasty "African Burgers". But only after going on a pig shopping trip for the restaurant where he rapes a dying African woman infected with ebola.
Kai however is a one in 10 million type who can become a carrier of ebola but doesn't die from it.
He soon realizes his new crimes will be discovered and escapes back to Hong Kong (10 years after leaving). Of course, his deviant lifestyle and various altercations start him spreading his disease and leaving a trail of victims.
This is all as intense as it was in the Untold Story and constantly had me laughing as well. It may even be a little more fun than Untold Story as it has more of an adventure than Untold Story.
There are plenty of scenes of Kai's misuse of meat and extreme violence that will make this a new favorite with you as well.
There is another review here that discouraged my from seeing this movie further. I believe this review is wrong. If there is more to see, I certainly agree that all should be shown but this movie is excellent and pretty severe throughout. It does not appear to have the intense content cut-out. If so, I of course, would like to see what was cut out, but there is plenty exceptional content left. Some research on my part and the stated research of the other reviewer indicates probably 3 minutes is missing and is missing due to it no longer being in existense rather than censored for this version.
I don't believe this is anywhere near as known as 'the Untold Story'. If you found this movie while searching for movies similar to it as I was and I believe will probably be the case with others as well, don't worry about the bad review here, this is a great movie and almost like having 2 more hours of Untold Story to watch.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2008
Joe Mama gave me a disease.
The deadly Ebola Virus. Symptoms are compulsive sweating, coughing, sneezing, dizziness, fever, headaches, diarrhea, vomitting, seizures, profusive bleeding, dissolution of internal organs, and death.
Ben raped and infected lately?
Ebola can be contracted by a combination of the following: Bathing in the blood of animal sacrifices, having intercourse with uncooked food, injecting drugs with open sores while African insects swarm everywhere, and being violated by a disgusting coughing sneezing puking carrier.
This flick is disGUSting fun. 4.5 Stars.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2001
Before I watched this film, one of my friends stated that it's "as nasty and low as a movie can possibly be. Nothing will shock you after you see this." Well, he was right. In this flick, Anthony Wong, portraying a sick restaurant owner, turns his back to all of today's morals and taboos as he performs actions that cause him to catch and spread the Ebola virus. For instance, in one scene, he first rapes an innocent woman, promptly kills her, then saws her to bits, grinds her up into hamburger meat, then feeds the meat to the customers in his restaurant. And that's certainly not the only example of low morale! When the spread of the virus is eventually connected to him, Anthony first realizes that he has Ebola in his system, and then uses it as a threat to all who attempt to catch him (as he cuts holes in his arms and spits the blood out to those who don't heed his warning, thus infecting them). Several intricate fighting sequences and fast action accompany the stomach-churning sequences, providing much-needed distraction. Admittedly, this movie satisfies the cravings that many have for the complete indulgence of one's cravings, regardless of the consequences brought about and the rules broken. Even those who declare this movie to be unfit to watch and forbid their children to ever set eyes upon it will still get a guilty pleasure out of the observation of the utter sickness of Wong's actions. Also, like in most famous Hong Kong action movies, the lightning-quick, dazzling action sequences will leave you mesmerized. Still, after the movie's conclusion, you will find yourself having trouble eating and sleeping every so often as the more graphic, gory scenes pay a quick visit to your memory. They're easy to brush off, but unpleasant nonetheless. However, they will fade sooner or later, making Ebola an experience to remember, but not repeat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2008
Anthony Wong plays the bigget a-hole alive. He's a murderer, a thief, a big time sicko, and overall he is just really really mean. The story is actually pretty good, but I'll just give a very shortened summary. Wong gets infected with a virus called the Ebola Syndrome. You die within 3 days after you have been infected. But some people get infected, then they get sick, but then they recover and become virus carriers. Wong is a carrier, and he seems to know all about this virus. This is where the problems begin in the movie. There are so many holes in the story that I actually found it pretty funny. For instance, after Wong has had the virus for awhile, the director decides to have him all of a sudden start accidentaly infecting everyone he comes into contact with. It is so exaggerated that you can't help but laugh. And just wait until you get to the ending. I seriously couldn't stop laughing. Cops are running around in E.T. protection suits and shooting guns while Anthony Wong spits blood on everyone.
So as long as you don't expect a great movie, just pure disgusting fun, then you should enjoy this. There is some really sick stuff in this movie. Gore fans should be happy.
The Universe DVD has good picture and good subtitles. And for people looking for an uncut version, I don't know what version is best. All I can tell you is that the Universe disc is exactly 98 minutes long.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Because Herman Yau & Anthony Wong are at it again!!!!
The team responsible for "The Untold Story" are back in the kitchen.
And this time, they're cooking up human pork buns in South Africa.
The only difference is these Pork Buns are chock full of the Ebola Virus!!!
Pretty much the same premise as "The Untold Story"
but without the police investigation angle, and twice the mayhem.
While "The Untold Story" was a more frightening, more believable story,
Ebola Syndrome is much more fun.
It has twice the amount of depravities as "Untold Story"
though they're not as viscious.
That was until I discovered that 99% of the deleted scenes were extended gore scenes. (Much like The Untold Story, the actual violence tends to take place offscreen)
I was a little upset to say the least.
You still get to see all the carnage taking place onscreen,
which is grotesquely beatiful
dont't get me wrong,
but the camera doesn't dwell nearly as long as it should,
which you'll see quite clearly in the deleted scenes.
Each gore scene was supposed to be a a few seconds longer.
one scene involving a chewed eye-ball was missing entirely.
So in all honesty you might want to find a different version.
(if there is one, which I'm pretty sure there isn't)
Despite the fact that this version is alledgedly unrated.
SYNOPSIS:(With almost no spoilers)
Kai gets caught in the act with his boss's wife.
His boss, furious, beats Kai about the apartment,
This confrontation ends in a triple homicide,
with their daughter as the only witness.
12 years later, Kai is working in a kitchen in South Africa,
for a frugal businesman, who, to save a little money,
decides to buy his pork from an african tribe infected with the Ebola Virus.
During their excursion Kai becomes infected, but as it turns out,
he's one of 10 million who are immune to the virus,
which makes him a carrier.
Which means anyone coming in contact with any of his bodily fluid is infected.
When they return to work, ownership of the restaurant, violently changes hands.
And the previous owners are now on the menu.
But someone recognizes Kai
remembers him from Hong Kong,
remembers what he did.
Half the movie is spoken in Chinese,
& the other half is spoken in bad english,
Which makes for quite an unintentionally hilarious combination.
It's painfully obvious that the director doesn't speak english.
Because every actor not speaking chinese, was just downright awful,
pure cardboard, like they were reading lines off an intelligible cue-card.
Their acting, to say the least, seemed out of place.
Anthony Wong however was great, in a gross kind of way.
The Depravities include:
- a severed tongue,
- ebola rape
- toothpicks to the eye
- facial urination
- porkchop masturbation
- chewed eye-ball
- child murder
MORAL OF THE STORY:
If you can't beat 'em.........
cut 'em up, and turn 'em into pork-buns.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2008
This movie is one of the greatest asian horror films ever made. Anthony Wong is wildy entertaining.
This movie is about a man that is working in South Africa in a local Asian resturant. The owner's girlfriend is constantly nagging and insulting him, While on a trip through the African wilds in search of a pig for sale, Anthony Wongs character decides to fool around with a local tribe woman. What he dosent know is that she is infected with the horrible Ebola Syndrome. He does not find out until after the fact. But luckily for him, He is immune to this particular disease. HE recovers quickly, But he continues to spread the virus to that comes in contact with him. Through his urine, saliva, blood, semen he spreads the virus to many people. Once the public becomes aware of this syndrome, There is an attempt by the police to capture him for murder and to stop the spread of the Ebola syndrome.
This film is very similar to the director's previous film "The Untold Story", Mostly because of the use of the same actor and the subject matter of using people for food. An excellent film that should be seen by fans of hardcore asian cinema!
Two Thumbs Up.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 1999
This great sickie is all action. Fans of Untold Story or any sick HK films will rank this one with the best of them. Anthony Wong has sex, kills some people, gets ebola, purposely spreads it around, feeds people to people......everything you'd want in a movie and more!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2011
The movie was horribly violent for no reason and had some stupid plot holes, ridiculous gore, and I loved it. The packaging was in good condition, and it was exactly what I thought I was buying.