Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight – China, 2017 – reviews

  
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Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight – aka 電影預告; 今晚打喪屍Gam man da song si – is a 2017 Chinese Hong Kong horror film directed by Alan Lo, making his feature debut (shorts: Zombie Guillotines; After Lasik). It stars Cherry Ngan, Kai-Chung Cheung, Alex Man.

Lung (Michael Ning) and Chi-Yeung (Louis Cheung) are two eccentric hot-blooded young men leading a devil-may-care life. They deem themselves as heroes that can save the earth.

However, Lung can do nothing about things in life that don’t work out as he wishes: he has to move out from where he has grown up; his step-mother Shan (Carrie Ng) has chronic depression; he finds his father (Alex Man) who’s just out of jail so annoying to get on with; his friend Chi-Yeung is fervently chasing a girl named Chan-Yat (Cherry Ngan) while his own idol, a star called Yee-Sue (Venus Wong), is still unreachable.

In the meantime, a monster from Lung’s favorite animation appears in the city out of reason and turns people into zombies. The outbreak of this zombie crisis is followed by a widespread chaos all round. Even Lung’s neighbors have become zombies as well. Lung’s father happens to be out of town traveling with Shan. And Chan-Yat has gone missing too.

Lung risks his life to break into the infected town in order to take her back home and meanwhile realizes he is merely a loser and slick talker. But he decides not to avoid anymore and to fight a battle against zombies tonight…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The closest Western counterpart of this movie is probably Shaun of the Dead, but that movie at least made sure it had a properly coherent story and resolution. That said, this is never dull, and there are plenty of moments that try to say something, even if it tries way too hard to be clever.” Bleeding Cool

Zombiology could have been a really great film. It has all the elements: zombies, at times relatable characters, a hilariously weird giant chicken. However, all its effort ultimately falls flat. While many parts are truly epic, the film as a whole just feels like lost potential.” Comicsverse

“In a possible nod to the cult psychodrama Donnie Darko, the villain in this supernatural thriller takes the form of a man-sized stuffed-chicken toy which turns people into zombies – when it isn’t busy shooting out exploding eggs […] With its gleeful reluctance to provide rational explanations, Zombiology is an eccentric mix of youth comedy and confusing genre tropes.” South China Morning Post

“Filled with likable characters and leavened by an irresistible sense of comic fun, the film is a very promising feature debut for director Alan Lo Wai-lun, and an altogether charming experience for audiences.” Screen Anarchy

Release:

The film was released in Hong Kong on 29 June 2017.

In the US, the film was released on VOD on February 23 via Epic Pictures’ recently-launched Dread Central Presents banner.

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