Zombrex Dead Rising Sun: Zombie Of The Week

Posted by Grey Friday, July 2, 2010

Dead Rising Sun. How awfully appropriate.

Yes, you heard that right. Dead Rising: The Movie. 2010 is turning out to be one hell of a year of which the Uwe Boll Alert rang wild. And expectedly so. With Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer's Summer blockbuster Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time becoming the highest-grossing video game-to-movie adaptation ever despite getting a somewhat lukewarm reception from the critics, one can be certain that there'll be many willing to tap on this readily available source: the gaming scene. While most of these efforts are unlikely to have the same level of marketing support, star power, and production values as the "Prince of Persia" film, these limitations are not going to restrain those with a low-budget approach towards adapting video games to film. With next to zero stars onboard, low production values, and convenient marketing campaign heavily banking on the source video game in question (Dead Rising 2, scheduled for release on August 31st) itself, Zombrex Dead Rising Sun is one killer'B (B'graded film) to behold.

While you are deep in thought, pondering over spending your blood money over cheaply produced films as such, ponder no more. It's free. On June 25th, Capcom Entertainment officially announced that Zombrex Dead Rising Sun, the live-action film inspired by the Dead Rising universe, will be distributed free of charge in both Europe and North America this summer.

Written and directed by Keiji Inafune, head of Research & Development and Online Business and Global Head of Production at Capcom, and best known for being the character designer of Mega Man and producer of Onimusha and Dead Rising video game series, the film explores the darker side of human nature in the face of a zombie apocalypse as it follows two brothers as they try to escape a quarantined area in the midst of a zombie outbreak that has devastated Japan. Shot entirely on location in Japan, the film, while paying homage to the zombie movies of the 1960’s and ‘70s, will be tying in directly with the upcoming Dead Rising 2 as a common plot element, namely, Zombrex, an anti-zombification medication, will apparently be featured in both the game and the film.

Zombrex Dead Rising Sun will be released digitally in a series of eight episodes and accordingly, fans in the two continents will be able to watch them for free. Till now, the publisher has yet to specify if the distribution will be handled through Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, or an official Web site. Zombrex will be dubbed in English, while subtitled editions in French, Spanish, and Italian will also be made available.

In the meantime, let's take a look at some of the screenshots from the madcap misadventure. Not one, but two trailers are embedded further below after the jump for a reason.






The parting shot from the trailer made an interesting fourth wall remark at Dead Rising 2.



The original Japanese trailer.



The English trailer that is in fact the exact same trailer as the Japanese one but with some shabby voice-acting from probable fans.



And the poster.

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