Zombie Fight Club (2014) Review
Zombie Fight Club (2014)
Directed by Joe Chien
Starring Andy On, Michael Wong, Jessica Cambensy, Jack Kao,
Sharon Hsu, Terence Yin, Hans Chang, Abby Fung & MC HotDog
"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 was 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. The originally kind and warm hearted chemistry teacher, after the kayos has broken out is now the zombie leader and has transformed into a cruel, vicious and selfish character. 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?"
Zombie Fight Club is a 2014 Taiwanese film from director Joe Chien who had previous minor horror hits with Zombie 108(2012) and The Apostles(2014). Although Zombie Fight Club had been released in some countries and doing the rounds since 2014 it got its' UK release at the Film 4 Frightfest last year and was released on DVD in The UK and Ireland last August.
As the blurb on the DVD cover reads it may be "The Raid meets Dawn of the Dead" but it could never be as great an action movie as The Raid nor could it hold a candle to Romero's undead masterpiece. It is however fairly entertaining and not a bad way to spend 90 minutes. It gets its' obvious comparisons to The Raid from its setting which is in a big tower block and its plot is made up of the intertwining stories of some of the residents within. You have the hot courier girl in her tiny tight daisy dukes (played by the ridiculously beautiful Sharon Hsu), she's delivering a package to some party boy and his hot girlfriend (played by the equally beautiful Jessica Cambesy), they're having a big party and their rapper buddy calls over with a flock of bitches. You also have the drug dealers and the SWAT team and crooked cops on their way up the building to bust them. (very Raid-ish)
Obviously a zombie virus breaks out and spreads through the apartment block like wildfire, with some people locking themselves in their homes for safety and other trying to fight their way to the nearest exit. The zombies look cool at first but eventually some of them begin to mutate, very similar to the zombies in Resident Evil. The gore may be CGI but doesn't look too bad , the thing that ruined it for me was the overuse of CGI blood for all the splatter effects. This could've been easily avoided with the used of squibs, or just less CGI.
As the residents fend off the zombies we're treated to some good action sequences and fight choreography - mostly from martial arts superstar Andy On and the rest of the SWAT team. We even get a slightly disturbing home invasion situation thrown into the mix for good measure which slows the tempo down but keeps things interesting.
Finally the remaining survivors get out of the building and the movie jumps to one year later. I'm not sure if the virus has spread worldwide or just throughout the city but we end up with a Mad Max type of apocalyptic scenario where a familiar face has become ruler of the city and has enslaved most of the survivors. Here the film definitely gets its' inspiration from The Walking Dead as the ruler forces the enslaved survivors to compete against the undead in a... wait for it... Zombie Fight Club! This ruler guy even has a zombie daughter who he keeps chained up and hidden away in his living quarters - very Governor-ish. In this fucked up apocalyptic dungeon we're treated to some prison rape, dinner table rape, fat chick on chained up guy rape and all sorts of delights.
The ending is a bit predictable but I honestly couldn't see it going any other way. Not knowing anything about this film going into it I assumed by the name and cover that it was going to be another crazy Jap-splat flick in the vein of Tokyo Gore Police or The Machine Girl. Since it was made in Taiwan and not Japan it definitely lacked some of the craziness that is usually injected into Japanese horror but it was far from plain and boring. What it may lack in originality it makes up for with pace, memorable characters, cool looking sets and locations, awesome zombie make up and non-stop action. Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of zombie films and you're sick of the continuous low budget boring undead crap coming from the US and UK.
Also worth checking out is a movie that was even more "The Raid meets Dawn of the Dead" than this was, and came out 2 years before The Raid! - The Horde aka La Horde(2009) is a French film directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher. Fans of fast paced gory zombie flicks wont be disappointed. Actually it would make a cool double feature with Zombie Fight Club so check them both out asap!