Bio-Cops

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" is a headlong-paced hoot that breezily balances action and comic content.

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With: Stephen Fung, Sam Lee, Alice Chan, Wai Ming Chan, Benny Lai, Shiu Hung Hui, Chi Hung Ng, Sammuel Leung.

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.

Bio-Cops

Hong Kong

Production: A Jing's Prods. presentation. Produced by Jing's. Executive producer, Bowie Lau. Directed by Wai-Man Cheng. Screenplay, Chuek-Hon Szeto.

Crew: Camera (color), Joe Chan; editor, Azrael Chung; music, Lincoln Lo; production designer, Wilson Lam. Reviewed at San Francisco Indiefest, Feb. 2, 2002. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: With: Stephen Fung, Sam Lee, Alice Chan, Wai Ming Chan, Benny Lai, Shiu Hung Hui, Chi Hung Ng, Sammuel Leung.

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