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The Viral Factor

Directed by Dante Lam ("Sniper", "Stool Pigeon"), this action-thriller stars Jay Chou and Nicholas Tse as estranged brothers. When an elite counter-terrorist unit based in Hong Kong heads to the Middle East to escort the creator of the deadly smallpox virus to safety, little did they know that they would be betrayed by their team leader. As a result of the incident, Jon Wan (Jay Chou) returns home with a limit on his life and the loss of his fiancee. However, another blow comes in the form of his mother`s secret: that she separated him from his older brother, Yang (Nicholas Tse), when they were young. To assuage his mother`s guilt, Jon travels to Malaysia to find his brother and father and bring them back, only to find himself caught in a plot to wage a bio-terrorist war.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 19 Jan 2012
Genre: Action / Crime
Running Time: 2 Hours 2 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, CLOVER FILMS
Cast: Nicholas Tse, Jay Chou, Andy On, Liu Kai Chi
Director: Dante Lam
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: "New Police Story" & "Internal Affairs"

Hong Kong director, Dante Lam's previous action movies, "Beast Stalker" (2008) and "The Stool Pigeon" (2010) made a strong contribution to the success of Nick Cheung and Nicholas Tse at the Hong Kong Film Awards. This year, the award-winning filmmaker presents you with Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou together with his favourite returning cast, Nicholas Tse, in the new Lunar New Year blockbuster, "The Viral Factor".

Lam worked with producer Candy Leung and screenwriter Jack Ng in this 122 minutes action thriller that tells the story of an injured international criminal cop's journey, Jon Wan (Chou) in finding his long-lost older brother named Wan Yang (Tse), who got himself involved with a group of counter terrorists' effort in spreading an extremely dangerous virus.

Jay Chou has previously received recognition for his directorial debut in 2007's "Secret" with his own unique art skills and perspectives, but movie critics did not give much credit for his acting in "Curse Of The Golden Flower", alongside Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li.
Today, sadly things do not change much for Chou. The audiences need not expect anything different or have high expectations for his facial expression and tone of voice in this film. However, you might be impressed with his courageous attempt on an action-packed movie like this for the very first time in his career. His movements and shooting skills are considered good as compared to the more experienced action star like Nicholas Tse.

Tse, who was last year's Best Actor Award recipient at the Hong Kong Film Awards, shows his acting skills in playing a big-hearted criminal who tries every way to protect his family despite getting himself into big trouble. Audiences will never get disappointed with the 32-year-old's professional attitude, as he gives his very best in performing the fist-punching, car crashing scenes and jumping off from high rise buildings which truly shows how well the actor is capable of maintaining his cool-ness through the fast paced story.

The audience will be able to have a taste of Malaysian culture as well, as most of the scenes are shot in Malaysia aside from the introduction scene which was filmed in Jordan. Credits should be given to Lam's brilliant effort in creating the thrilling car-chasing and exploding shots with the presence of the huge Malaysian crowd at a remarkably packed setting like Pavilion Shopping Center, KL Sentral, and Jalan Pudu in Kuala Lumpur.

Overall, if you're die-hard fan of Hong Kong action films, go watch "The Viral Factor", as it is truly a movie that contains the action and stunts that are worthy to be compared to the Hollywood action scenes that we usually tend to be amazed with.

Cinema Online, 17 January 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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