The Viral Factor

Synopsis: International Security Affairs agent Jon is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country. En route, a member of his team, Sean, turns out to be a traitor and shoots Jon in the head while kidnapping the scientist. When Jon wakes up in the hospital, a doctor tells him that within weeks, the bullet in his brain will cause complete paralysis. Jon returns to Beijing to see his mother, who confesses that Jon has a brother in Malaysia who was raised by his father, a gambler. Jon takes a flight to Malaysia to find his brother, Yeung. On the plane he forms a bond with Dr. Kan, who promises to look into possible treatments for his condition. However, when they arrive, Yeung tries to kidnap the doctor and when Jon intervenes, he's also taken hostage. The two soon realize they're brothers, and decide to work together in order to keep the criminals behind the kidnappings from reinfecting the world of a disease long thought cured.
Director(s): Dante Lam
Production: China Lion Films
  4 wins & 11 nominations.
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122 min

These few years I keep having the same dream.

I'm struggling in the water.

It's so cold.

But when I'm about to drown

an arm reaches to me

and pulls me up.

But I can never see who he is.

I only feel the arm and its power.

Somehow it feels close to my heart.

I need to know who he is.

In the 100 years of the 20th Century,

about 3-5 hundred million people

have died of smallpox.

Now with the discovery of the cowpox vaccine,

people have finally found a way to resist

the harm smallpox has caused humankind.

On May 8, 1980,

the International Health Organization has said

"Humans are now immune from smallpox".

This is not true.

The smallpox virus has not been eradicated.

There are two places on earth

that still hold samples of the virus.

One of the virus specialists

has stolen one of the virus samples.

then spent 9 years to mutate the genes

in an attempt to create a lethal

biological weapon.

His name is Kenner Osama Muhammad.

That is the one we will be escorting.

This is our mission...

the target of this operation.

They have 5 cars,

book-ended by military vehicles.

This is our first point of attack.

There are other ambush points.

This car will be blown up here.

We will then immediately transfer.

Leave nothing behind.


The American Army caught him a week ago,

claiming that he destroyed

all the mutated samples.

But when Kenner came back

to give his statement,

he said he did not destroy all of them,

but had kept only one.

That one is the new genre of smallpox...

that cannot be prevented

by the cowpox vaccine.

He is holding it hostage,

demanding that we escort and protect him

and his family safely back to Norway

before he will hand it over.

I want you guys to be sharp,

know what you're doing and be safe.

Ice, look after them.

Yes, sir.

Base, confidential documents

have been found here.

Agent Sean Wong from the IDC?

This is Transport Team One.

Agent Sean Wong from the IDC?

We are the Jordanian Police.

Your caravan may be attacked...

Ice... Ice...

This is Agent Sean Wong of the IDC.

We are under attack. Do you read?

Over, I need backup now!

Do you copy? Over? I need backup now!

Ram through it! Ram through it!

Go back! Go back!

Car 3, Car 4, anyone copy?

Get out the car!

Go! Go... Go!

Out the car! Out the car!

- Ross, protect Kenner.

- Come here.

Watch for snipers!

Car 3 report casualties. Car 3 do you copy?

Ross, go check.

Jon, cover! Jon!

Ice? Are you okay?

I'm fine.

Are you okay?

Ice, nine o'clock!

Paka, cover me!

Go! Go! Go!

Are you okay?


Ice, move!


We're done here. Retreat...

Cover me.

Go. Go.

Exit door! Exit door!

Go! Go! Go!

Take the girl!

That's it. Come here.

Clear. Move!

Protect her!

Get down! Cover your ears. Cover your ears.

Ice, move!



This behind me is the freighter...

suspected of being

attacked by an unknown virus.

It had a shuttle route, ferrying

goods between Thailand and Malaysia.

There were 14 crew members on board.

We can confirm all of them

have died from the illness.

The ACDC has yet...

to comment on this matter.

Boss, It's Sean.

Hey Tyler, did you see the news

about the Malaysian freighter?

I saw it.

3 months ago, you didn't believe I had

Kenner's mutated smallpox sample.

I told you I was going to get it.

Shall we continue with our business?

You remember Carnot?

I remember.

Carnot is extremely deadly

but we can't rely on body fluids alone

as a means of contraction.

Smallpox can be transmitted by air.

I combined the two together

to create a new virus

that can be transmitted by air

without any other restrictions.

All vaccines from before will be useless.

It will cause more fear than AIDS.

That's impressive.

We already have the formula

for the vaccine and the medicine.

Our plan is to slowly spread the virus

across the 5 major continents.

The number of infections will only take up

a fraction of the population

and that will be enough to have

the world in a state of panic.

The market for the vaccine

will be much greater than the medicine.

We release the medicine and then the vaccine

and that's where the money comes in.

This will put you in the top ten

wealthiest men on earth.

No matter how successful your arms

trade business is,

it's nothing in comparison with this bad boy.

If you didn't become a wanted criminal,

the new addition to the top ten

wealthiest men should be you.

I'd rather be the rich guy that

nobody knows about.

We'll be in touch.

Kenner, stop running!


I said stop running!


Son, what do you want to eat?

Mom will cook it for you.

No way.

What is this? What is this?

He escaped from the lab.

We went after him but...

well this happened.

Please tell me the stuff is still there.

It's all here.

Yeah it's me.

When will the specialist arrive?

One week from now.

Not only will she have to

find the Carnot sample,

she'll have to finish Kenner's work.

Find someone to handle it,

we can't be showing our faces around here.

The bullet shot into your skull

is lodged into the precentral

gyrus of the brain

and is sitting on the corpus callosum.

Your team of doctors have been through

your case many times these weeks.

There's simply no safer way

to remove this bullet.

Will he live?

Pressure is being exerted

on the corpus callosum of his brain.

This will cause major problems

to your entire nervous system.

Your body will gradually lose the natural

sensations it should have,

and as your case gets worse,

you will completely be paralysed.

How much longer do I have?

Well, at this stage you have about two weeks.

But we know you're not supposed

to leave the hospital

because without the immediate medical

attention a hospital can give you,

you will be at a greater risk.

Ice's ashes... have been sent back.

What happened between her and I...


I don't want to waste my time here.

I want to go home.

Mrs. Wan has been so worried

about you these months

that her sciatica has worsened.

Nurse Wang

In two weeks,

I will be leaving on a long trip.

But you've just come home.

Yes. I'll keep more money with you.

Please continue to take care of my mother.

Don't worry. I'll stay and take care of her.

I didn't cook well today.

Mom's cooking always tastes so good.

What are you worried about?

I've recovered.

I'm on leave, so I can be with you every day.

Eat the food you cook.

To miss someone...

is a very painful thing.

Those months while you were in the hospital,

I had the same dream almost every night.

Our whole family was at sea...

One by one you'd disappear

until only I was left.


I have to tell you this.

I've always told you your father abandoned us

but the one who gave up on this family...

was me.

You're not my only son.

You have an elder brother.

I married your father when I was 20.

We enjoyed life.

I never thought about the future

until I gave birth to you two boys.

but your father didn't.

He only cared about gambling.

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Dante Lam

Dante Lam Chiu-Yin (simplified Chinese: 林超贤; traditional Chinese: 林超賢; pinyin: Lín Chāoxián) is a film director, writer and actor who is a major figure in Hong Kong action cinema. He was trained in the tradition of John Woo as an assistant director and worked as an actor and producer. He often writes and supervises his own choreography. In 2008 he won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director for his work on Beast Stalker. more…

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