When an experienced film critic like DashFUN editor Björn Becher speaks of “probably the most brutal zombie film of all time”, of “one of the most violent splatter films” ever made, as a genre fan you should prick up your ears. Especially since this is also the general tenor of “The Sadness’, both by the trade press and by the general public. In any case, it doesn’t surprise us that the hard-hitting horror shocker from Taiwan didn’t stand a chance in the FSK test the first time around. You really don’t get to see such ruthless carnage every day.
Although, strictly speaking, this is no longer true: Because “The Sadness’ you can now stream it with a subscription to Amazon Prime Video at no extra cost!
» “The Sadness” on Amazon Prime Video*
The film, which ultimately received an FSK 18 rating in the uncut version and miraculously did not end up on the index, was released in cinemas on February 3, 2022, before collectors of physical media were already served in April . Two strictly limited collector’s editions including Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray (once in the Steelbook, once in the Mediabook) have meanwhile also been followed by standard versions on DVD and Blu-ray. But the most important thing is of course: All home cinema editions are unabridged!
» “The Sadness” at Amazon: 4K Steelbook* / 4K Mediabook* / Blu Ray* / DVD*
While the film by Robert Jabbaz currently has an impressive 91 percent positive votes on the review platform Rotten Tomatoes By the way, in the end we gave it a good 3.5 out of a possible 5 stars.
Then “The Sadness“ not only offers an uncompromisingly radical gore firework display, but also carries you away quite a bit. Above all, of course, the equally creative and abnormally escalating carnage is remembered, with which some faint-hearted people might have their problems. So don’t say we didn’t warn you: Here’s the real deal!
A new virus is spreading rapidly in Taiwan. But while the people on the streets turn into sadistic, sexually uninhibited monsters and unleash an unprecedented bloodbath, the government downplays the events to the public.
In the midst of a wave of murder, torture and rape, young Junzhe (Tzu-Chiang Wang) does everything humanly possible to get to his girlfriend Kai Ting (Regina Lei), whom he unsuspectingly brought to work a few hours ago – and who he is now may never see again.
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This article is based on an older DashFUN contribution that was updated due to current events.