Original Release Date: April 12, 2002 (USA)
Run Time: 119 minutes
Watching “Versus” is kind of like taking a chance on dating someone that is not your normal “type” – it might be a little outside your comfort zone and very different from what you usually do, but once you spend some time with it, you find it a refreshing change from what you are used to and really have a blast with it.
“Versus” is the ultimate mash-up of zombie and Japanese action/martial arts movies. The movie is far from perfect, but the cast and crew did an amazing job with the tools and resources they had available. The original version of the film, released in 2000, was shot in less than a month on a budget of under $400,000; the movie has become such a cult favorite in Japan that the entire cast and crew reunited to film additional scenes and add more special effects, releasing a 3-disc “Ultimate Versus” cut that I have yet to see, but can only assume takes the bad-assery to a whole new level.
Fantastic film, absolutely love the adrenalin pumping shootout scenes with ridiculously camp metal music in the background! Good review, and a fair score. Love the site!