The Ebola Syndrome-Movie Review

The Ebola Syndrome Film Review

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The Ebola Syndrome

Dir. Herman Yau, Hong Kong
1996 35mm Running Time: 98 min.

Herman Yaus follow-up to the notorious Category III true-crime gore flick The Untold Story sees him teaming up again with HK cult actor Anthony Wong in what has been labeled one of the most reprehensible films ever made.

When Wong is caught screwing the bosswife and consequently pissed on and threatened with castration, he murders nearly everyone in the room and escapes with is life. The film jumps ahead a decade, with the exiled Wong now working at a Chinese restaurant in Africa where he is constantly berated by his employers.

The customers pay the price, as Wong spits in the drinks and shamelessly masturbates into raw meat yet to be served. When Wong is sent out to buy some discount pigsfrom a Zulu tribe, the film rockets from poor taste to jaw-droppingly offensive: not realizing that the tribe is suffering from a deadly Ebola outbreak, Wong rapes a young woman as she lies dying on the riverbank.

As luck would have it, Wong is immune to the disease, but his spit, blood, saliva, sweat and semen are all contagious as hell -- a wild card he employs to get back at everyone in the restaurant.

He serves the remains of infected parties to the customers in the guise of African Buns(thus the films inclusion on the cannibal film fest roster), and freely rapes every woman who has the misfortune of meeting the shifty character.

A gross-out film in visceral, verbal and moral terms, The Ebola Syndrome deserves a nod for sheer audacity.

Kier-La Janisse