Ebola Syndrome (1996, HGK) C-98m. ** D: Herman Yau. Starring Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Ming Wan Yeung, Shing Fui-On, Lo Meng. Extremely violent horror thriller set mostly in South Africa, where a sadistic low-life has fled after killing his boss and his wife. Working for a Chinese restaurant, he goes looking for meat in the African bush and contracts Ebola when he rapes a tribeswoman. Not only does he proceed to kill his new boss, he also turns him and his girlfriend into minced meat for the hamburger special on the next day! Then the traumatized daughter of the first couple he killed recognizes him and he is forced to flee back to Hong Kong - with the Ebola virus inside him. Pretty disgusting but fun for gorehounds, especially because of Wong's scenery-chewing performance, his story seems reminiscent of HENRY - PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER (1986), although in an over-the-top Hong Kong-style. Watch out for edited prints.

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