Director Joe Chien’s Zombie 108 follow-up is gratuitous and pointless.
by Stephanie Joyce
To say Zombie Fight Club is a splatter-house, graphically over-the-top and misogynistic boobfest of a horror movie – that would be an understatement. This is Joe Chien’s follow-up to his Asian adult rated zombie flick he directed known as Zombie 108 and both films take place in Tapei, Taiwan. What do you do when your song hits the top rap song charts in Tapei? Take “bath salts” of course! At least, that’s what a bunch of degenerate young adults do to celebrate in a run-down apartment building a-mist bumping and grinding against each other with girls almost fully naked. Did I get your attention yet?
I’m going to be completely honest — Andy On and Jessica Cambensy are two super attractive leads, but their characters development is shallow and cartoonish in the haze that is bloody zombie thrashing (there’s too many obvious computer graphic kill-shot scenes to count) and it all gets sliced-and-diced between gratuitous boob shots. And believe me, I don’t mind hard to watch movies. I’ve seen films like Cannibal Holocaust, Dumplings and even Bunman: The Untold Story… All of which had plot points that were hard to stomach, but had more of a point and stinging morality tale at work with their themes than Zombie Fight Club could ever dare to claim. This film is painfully aware of how gratuitous it is and I think the film-makers were banking on this fact in an effort to get their die-hard fans to come back and watch the second installment of their zombie franchise.
And when you hear or see the title Zombie Fight Club, you expect, well… A “Zombie Fight Club”.
The majority of the movie, at least how it felt pacing-wise, takes place in a crappy old apartment
building with fight scenes that pale in comparison to similar building fight movies like The Raid. However, I did enjoy some over-the-top moments like a couple driving a car through a fifth-story window. However, everything, even the “Fight Club” part, seems to take a page from television series The Walking Dead. Zombie Fight Club has a father going mad to save his daughter-turned-zombie which has a very Walking Dead vibe reminiscent of “The Governor” from season 3. Mainly what you see in the arena is man-slave against man-slave with zombies as the backdrop.
I was kinda hoping for more of a zombie “Battle Royal”, but what I watched was an oversexualized stab as making a zombie flick that we have seen before, but with more boob-age and computer-generated carnage than you can shake a stick at.
And did I stick around to watch the whole damn thing? Absolutely, I just had to see if they were going to have some sick and twisted zombie experiment come out to play with regular man who serve as nothing more than a quick meal. Heck, I thought if they actually tried to explain how they somehow figured out how to manipulate the zombies to fight each other in a small scale, there would actually be something new and novel being introduced into the zombie sub-genre. But that’s just me.
Zombie Fight Club
Directed by Joe Chien
Screenplay by Joe Chien
Cast: Jack Kao, Philip Ng, Jessica Cambesy, Andy On and Michael Wong
Run Time: 95 minutes
Release Date: On Blu-ray now