About the Film

Arguably the most ambitious Japanese film ever made, perhaps no other Asian film with few exceptions is more prominent or timely than Kinji Fukusaku’s celebrated adaptation of a novel from the prolific Sakyo Kumatsu. Stacked with an international cast from around the globe and loaded with the largest budget of any local film at the time, now is the perfect opportunity to take on this genre effort.


One month after a devastating accident, a US scientist is frantically looking for the missing MM-88 virus which is a potentially globally-threatening bacteria. Shortly after his discovery of the potential threat to the situation, he’s swiftly locked away, preventing the world from knowing the truth when a strange viral outbreak affects the entire globe. By the time the outbreak has reached full-blown pandemic, it’s too late to save the world, as massive casualties are reported, leaving a small gang of survivors at various research stations throughout Antarctica. With the fate of humanity resting on their collective shoulders, a potential cataclysm emerges that will signal the end of the world unless they race into action to stop it.

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*This is the American cut of the film that lasts for 103 minutes. The original runs for 156 minutes

My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.