SARS Wars (Thai: ขุนกระบี่ผีระบาด or Khun krabii hiiroh, also subtitled Bangkok Zombie Crisis) is a 2004 Thai horror-comedy film directed and co-written by Taweewat Wantha (Long Weekend; Massagist). The film stars popular comic actors Suthep Po-ngam and Somlek Sakdikul.
The story involves people who are infected with a fictional Type 4 strain of the SARS virus and turned into zombies. The outbreak is contained to one apartment building in Bangkok, and the Health Ministry is determined to keep it contained at all costs.
However, the building also happens to be the hideout for a gang that has kidnapped a teenage schoolgirl. She is to be rescued by a sword-wielding superhero crimefighter, who must not only contend with the criminals, but also the zombies in a race against the government’s plan to blow the building up…
“Overall, being determinedly self-referential and soaked in pop cinematic culture, SARS Wars is perhaps more likely to appeal to the fan boy crowd, though its flair and high action quotient make for exciting viewing, and the film stands out as one of the subgenre’s best, and certainly one of the better genre efforts to have come out of Thailand in recent times.” James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood
“There is plenty of blood spraying, limb chopping, zombie babies ripping out through their mommas stomachs, cat eating, multi body chunks dismemberment and exploding heads but there isn’t much gratuitous consumption of flesh and gut munching but don’t get me wrong I am not complaining.” Arty Flores, Horror News
“The comedy and zombies are the major draw here. Both are amazing. You won’t bust a gut, but you will find yourself in a few situations where you’ll reel back in laughter. It’s a special sort of magic.” Brian Harris, Passport Cinema
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