Starring: Michiko Hada, Mari Hishino, Tae Kimura, Yoko Maki, Kaho Minami,
Moro Morooka, Shiro Sano, Koichi Sato, Masanobu Takashima, and Isao Yatsu
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
Synopsis: Taking place in a dark, isolated hospital, one nurse's mistake has
led to dire consequences for a patient.
I first heard about Infection through Fangoria, they had written an article
about the whole J-horror series of movies. Infection is the first in the series.
It finally came in and I nabbed it up real quick. Infection tells the story of a
closing hospital and its staff, untrained nurses and doctors who just don't
care. Until the death of a patient leads to secrets and lies. Soon another
patient comes in with symptoms that they have never seen before, but what
they do know is that this patients insides are melting and turning into a
horrible green slime. The patient soon disappears and the staff becomes
crazed with fear. Have they succumbed to this infection?
This movie is very different from other j-horror or Asian horror that I have
seen. Most Asian horror that has come out the past 5 or 6 years all have
consisted of being ghost stories. So that had to be the thing I enjoyed most
was the originality of the story. This movie was very creepy. There isn't a lack
of gore, but instead of blood and guts we get green slime. The movie starts
off like you would think it's some kind of hospital drama, but you can tell
right away that something isn't right. Things change pretty quickly when one
patient goes into critical condition. Someone makes a mistake and the patient
dies. All the staff is paranoid after that and they even try to cover it all up.
Then that's when the movie turns more into horror. The staff goes crazy and
the blob body goes missing. Its really hard to not give away the movie when
I'm sitting here talking about it. The ending had to be the thing that creeped
me out the most. The movie also had scenes that reminded me of Evil Dead.
Maniacal laughing, the green goo, the way the staff walked around after
succumbing to the infection, etc.
From what I read a few of the cast members' previous jobs were that they
were TV actors. I'm not sure what kind of TV shows they were on nut I think
it was a good decision to use them. This movie seemed like a horror episode
of E.R. But most of the cast had been in previous J-horror movies, two have
even been in a Takashi Miike movie. Actually one of the nurses, Yoko Maki
was in the American version of The Grudge (as Yoko the previous caretaker)
and Battle Royale II. See if you can recognize her. If you are in the mood to
get out of the trend of Asian ghost stories then watch Infection. Definitely
hop over to blockbuster or whatever video store you go to and check it out.
Better yet buy it, because you will be watching it over and over again.
Genres: Drama, Horror
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Lions Gate
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Review done by: Nekra