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Zombie 108 ("Z-108")

North American Premiere
  • Taiwan
  • 2012
  • 87 mins
  • DCP
  • Mandarin / English / Japanese
  • English (subtitles)

“A full on, balls to the wall piece of bad taste exploitation... Gruesome, sleazy... Old fashioned category III style degeneracy” — James Mudge, BEYOND HOLLYWOOD

Beautiful Linda (played by model Yvonne Yao) wakes up behind the wheel with a seemingly dead boyfriend and a missing daughter, Chloe. The streets of Taipei are empty, not even a soul at the grocery store… except for a bunch of undead corpses (the regular type, in slow-motion mode). Rewind about four days. There are unholy things happening in a rocking strip club owned by a Hawaiian-shirt-wearing, drugged-and-sex-addled gangster kingpin (producer Morris Rong). Meanwhile, an efficient SWAT team (led by Jack Kao) is on its toes to fight an epidemic — some kind of atomic virus is transforming everybody into flesh-hungry zombies. Luckily, there are all well armed against this hazardous situation, with snipers, Uzis, AK-47s, 12-gauges… everything you need to blow holes in hordes of the walking dead. But who are the English-speaking foreigners tied to the chairs in the club’s basement? And what’s with the disgusting pervert with his skin problems, slave girls, a raw meat mask, personal zombies and porno mags? A real sick bastard (played by Chein Jen-hao, apparently the director himself under a pseudonym and loads of latex), he’s about to get what he deserves.

Taking most of its cue from seminal films and recent staples of the genre (DAWN OF THE DEAD, 28 DAYS/WEEKS LATER), this very first Taiwanese zombie apocalypse film recalls LA HORDE (the dead vs. crooks vs. cops) and sometimes BRAIN DEAD (wait until you see the pervert one last time!). With a depraved torture porn subplot to spice things up, it is a “Category III” film at its vilest, goriest, craziest — remember Fantasia 2001’s EBOLA SYNDROME? Add jaw-dropping special effects, cool brawls featuring kung fu notables such as ENTER THE DRAGON’s Tai Bo and IP MAN’s Dennis To, great-looking photography, plenty of gorgeous naked chicks (alive or otherwise), disturbing violence, a killer soundtrack blending everything from classical to industrial by way of folk and black metal, and sound effects from outer space (just like in the ’70s!), stir a bit, and you’ll get a taste of what ZOMBIE 108 is all about. Spicy!

— Kristof G.