Zombie Fight Club (2014) reviews and overview

 
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[Total: 6   Average: 2.2/5]

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‘You only die twice.’

Zombie Fight Club -original title: Shi cheng – is a 2014 Taiwanese horror feature film directed by Joe Chen (Zombie 108).

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The movie stars Andy On, Michael Wong, Terence Yin, Philip Ng, Kwok Cheung Tsang, Jessica Cambensy, Jack Kao, Abby Fung, Chang Han.

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Plot:

It’s the end of the century at a corner of the city in a building riddled with crime… Everyone in the building has turned into zombies. After Jenny’s boyfriend is killed in a zombie attack, she faces the challenge of surviving in the face of adversity. In order to stay alive, she struggles with Andy to flee danger. After the chaos has broken out, the originally kind and warmhearted chemistry teacher is now the zombie leader and has transformed into a cruel, vicious, and selfish character.

 

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Violent activists match prisoners against zombies in a malicious killing game; the good side of humanity has seemingly all but vanished. Now that all order is lost, how will humans create a new century? A world of uncertainty awaits: The end? Hope? Or Death?

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“For the first hour, we have this stellar film about various characters in a zombie-filled apartment complex trying to stay alive and escape which was thrilling, intense and enjoyable. However, nearly an hour in, this switches gears and turns into a futuristic society adorned with leather-clad, post-apocalyptic attire and gladiatorial pits filled zombies.” Asian Movie Pulse

“While zombie purists may object to the use of CGI make-up for a large proportion of the effects, the film is pretty slickly handled on a technical level. It’s the content and attitude that are the problem here. In many ways, Chien feels like the petulant younger brother of Michael Bay, infatuated by gorgeous women, grand-scale spectacle and high octane thrills.” Twitch

Zombie Fight Club is a great title for a film, but its title doesn’t count for everything. The first hour of the film is quite entertaining (save for the dodgy effects), but the last half hour is a very boring, clichéd to the hills and totally predictable. It just feels as though Chien gave up halfway through, which is a real shame.” Flickering Myth

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“This is just some boy’s wet dream. There are definitely enough weird moments in the film that keep it interesting I just don’t know if it is worth giving it your attention when the attitude when making it is obviously a cruel, misogynistic one. Women in this film cower in the corner while the men do all the fighting. Yuck.” HNN

” …more of an excuse for gore stunts, screaming women in states of undress, fight scenes and make-up effects than it is anything like a coherent plot.  Even the zombie apocalypse is basically conveyed by captions that get exposition out of the way so the exploitation can be thrown into overdrive.  As such, it’s just a touch wearisome.” The Kim Newman Web Site

Zombie Fight Club is a pretty bad movie but it doesn’t earn much ire because it doesn’t aspire to much – though if rape, female objectification or bad CGI bothers you then be prepared to spit blood. Otherwise, this is C-grade grist for the genre mill.” Love HK Film

” …veers from action, to comedy, to exploitation, to horror, and back. There’s the last third of the movie which suddenly turns into post-apocalypse freak-show with lesbian dominatrices and a completely ridiculous gladiator-zombie arena. Evidently survival isn’t enough to keep them busy. The splatter is mostly bad CGI effects…” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

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