Virus

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Virus - (also known as "Day of Resurrection")

Adventure, Drama, Horror | 108 Mins | Released: 1980
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: Chuck Connors, Glenn Ford, Olivia Hussy, George Kennedy, Sonny Chiba, Bo Svenson, Edward James Olmos
Our Rating: 7
Color

In 1982, a shady transaction is occurring between an East German scientist, Dr. Krause, and a group of Americans. It is revealed that MM88 is a deadly virus, created accidentally by an American geneticist, that amplifies the potency of any other virus or bacterium it comes into contact with. The Americans recover the MM88, which was stolen from a lab in the US the year before, but the virus is released, creating a pandemic initially known as the “Italian Flu”.

Within seven months, virtually all the world’s population has died off. But the virus is inactive at temperatures below -10 degrees Celsius, and the polar winter has spared the 855 men and eight women stationed in Antarctica. The British nuclear submarine HMS Nereid joins the scientists after sinking a Soviet submarine whose infected crew attempt to make landfall near Palmer Station.

However, just as the group begins to repopulate their new home, it is revealed that an earthquake will activate the Automated Reaction System (ARS) and launch the United States nuclear arsenal.

The Soviets have their own version of the ARS that will fire off their weapons in return, including one targeted at Palmer Station. Yoshizumi and Major Carter embark aboard theNereid on a mission to shut down the ARS, protected from MM88 by an experimental vaccine.

The submarine arrives at Washington, D.C. and Yoshizumi and Carter make a rush for the ARS command bunker. They reach the room too late and all but a few of the survivors (who left aboard an icebreaker at the same time as the Nereid) perish in the nuclear exchange. Over the course of years Yoshizumi walks back towards Antarctica. Upon reaching Tierra del Fuego in 1988, he encounters the survivors from the icebreaker.

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Movie Notes:

Virus (復活の日 Fukkatsu no hi) — literally “Day of Resurrection” — is a 1980 post-apocalyptic science fiction movie directed by Kinji Fukasaku and based on a 1964 novel written by Sakyo Komatsu.
It starred Masao Kusakari, Sonny Chiba, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, Olivia Hussey, Edward James Olmos, Ken Ogata, Glenn Ford and Henry Silva.
The film is notable for being the most expensive Japanese film ever made at the time.