Sars Wars: Bangkok Zombie Crisis (2004)
Director: Taweewat Wantha
Tagline: “Shit! Zombies, bombs, now a giant snake!”
The forth and deadliest strain of the SARS virus travels from Africa to Thailand, despite the health minister’s boasts that the country is the only one not to be infected.
At the same time a gang boss begs Master Thep (Suthep Po-ngam) to rescue his daughter Lui (Phintusuda Tunphairao), from a rival gang. He cannot help as his assistant Khun Krabii (Supakorn Kitsuwon) injured him in a previous job, but sends him along instead.
Khun managers to rescue Lui fine, but they and the gangsters run into the zombies and are trapped in the building when the government quarantines the area. The SWAT team sent in is eaten and the beautiful Dr. Diana (Lene Christensen) pleads her case to try and disinfect the zombies instead of killing innocent people. Master Thep turns up at the building at this time after sensing something is wrong. It is very difficult to work out what is happening, but all four of them are trying to get out of the building while fighting the zombies and gangsters.
It is another zombie movie, but it is distinctly a Thai affair as the hero has an unstoppable zombie-killing sword, but forgets to bring batteries. Extras complain about things being “made in Thailand” and there are many references to ladyboys.
I would have liked to see more of the animated sequences and the giant snake, but I thought they were great in the movie as they were.
The characters also play around in the movie themselves by complaining about censorship and about parts of the movie being unbelievable “oh well, they’ve watched this far.”
Strangely, the sex and violence in the movie is rather coy as you don’t really see much gore and any nudity is pixelated for comic effect.
I really enjoyed this movie, but I think it might get lost amongst all the other comedic zombie movies released in the past few years. It is well worth tracking down if you can find a copy and hopefully it turns up at midnight movie screenings and cult collections in years to come.