- Apr 18
- Japanese disaster flick PANDEMIC on UK DVD
- Posted by Deljhp - 18/04/11 at 09:44 AM
Japanese director Takahisa Zeze (Flying Rabbits; Moon Child) disaster movie come medical thriller ‘Kansen Rettou’ (aka Pandemic) is heading for UK DVD next month. A great cast including; Satoshi Tsumabuki (Dororo), Kanningu Takeyama (Memories Of Matsuko) and veteran actor Tatsuya Fuji (Empire Of Passion) keeps the - world threatened by a mysterious killer virus - plot moving at pace, and the love story (this is a Japanese disaster movie after all) sub plot, thankfully veers away from full blown melodrama…most of the time. Pandemic streets on May 9.
Synopsis: When a lethal avian flu outbreak hits a small village in the Northern Philippines, the international medical team working to contain the virus hears unconfirmed reports that one of the residents has left the village to attend a relative’s wedding and has taken a chicken as a gift. Three months later, a poultry farm on the outskirts of Tokyo is found to be infected. At a nearby hospital, a patient thought to be suffering from flu tests negative for the disease but then suffers from fever, pneumonia, bleeding, diarrhoea, systemic infection and multiple organ failure. Doctors quickly determine that the cause was not avian flu. It was something much, much worse – a brand new form of flu, the likes of which has never been seen before. Early estimates suggest an outbreak of this deadly plague could infect 2.5 million people within the Tokyo area and kill around 640, 000 within weeks. Fear quickly spreads as government authorities and medical researchers race to identify and isolate the virus and to produce a vaccine. Meanwhile, as the outbreak becomes an epidemic, the death toll begins to rise. Now, the race is on to save Japan, and prevent a global outbreak that could lead to Armageddon.
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