When Hong Kong is quickly consumed by a citywide zombie epidemic, it’s up to wannabe superhero duo Lung (Michael Ning) and Chi-Yeung (Louis Cheung) to save their friends and family. This, in essence, is the plot of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight (Gam man da song si). It’s frantically fun and oddly original, but the simplicity of its erratic storyline ultimately prevents it from becoming more than an energetic experiment loosely hooked in the zombie genre.
Zombiology doesn’t tackle the deeper themes of survival horror, but its characters are intriguing and comically unequipped for the zombie apocalypse — the chemistry between best friends Lung and Chi-Yeung is particularly brilliant, reminiscent of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead. This feature also utilises a number of quirky additions that arguably exclude it from the traditional zombie cannon, including ninjas, fleeing cheerleaders, hoards of estate agents and a chicken creature that shoots lasers from its eyes and disintegrates skulls with projectile eggs. Zombiology, therefore, can be considered more aligned with monster movies like Braindead, Evil Dead 2 and Lamberto Bava’s Demons.
In short, Zombiology will never be considered a classic of the genre, but director Alan Lo seems confidently unconcerned with these labels and limitations. It’s endlessly packed with memorable quirks, some exquisite anime sequences, and an all-action rampage with more undead-ending gadgets than From Dusk Till Dawn and Dead Rising put together. If you like some comedy with your claret, this eccentric effort is essential viewing.
Chi Hoi Pang
23 Feb 2018