The zombie flick may be dead — not undead, just dead — in its original homelands of the U.S. and Italy, but it’s still lively enough to chomp the occasional neck in Asian horror markets. This followup to 1998 HK cult hit “Bio-Zombie” — more a reprise of general ideas than an actual sequel — is a headlong-paced hoot that breezily balances action and comic content. Offshore genre enthusiasts will be happy to sample the bloody platter du jour on home formats.
Prologue finds a CIA experiment to create “painless warriors” going predictably awry, with a Hong Kong scientist (Benny Lai) getting infected with the virus. His resultant violent/sexual urges lead to arrest. Fast turning into a disfigured “Zombie New Human” criminal mastermind, he traps cops, girlfriends and prisoners in a remote police station while angry Triad members riot outside. Long-haired man-in-blue Stephen Fung and Harry’s erstwhile squeeze Alice Chan emerge as principal zombie-slayers; Sam Lee is funny as a cowardly would-be gangster. Gore fx are willfully cheesy, with broad, sometimes bawdy jokes and overall tongue-in-cheek approach nicely worked into nonstop frenetic action. Design elements are suitably colorful/lurid.