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The Sadness

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Taiwan · 2021
1h 39m
Director Robert Jabbaz
Starring Berant Zhu, Regina Lei, Ying-Ru Chen, Tzu-Chiang Wang
Genre Action, Horror

Following a pandemic of a virus with fairly benign symptoms, everyone tries to get back to normal. However, letting their guards down means that the virus mutates into a deadly disease that infects the brain and causes people to do the most horrible things they can imagine.

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The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

The acts of violence writer-director Rob Jabbaz has his characters inflict upon each other are as depraved as can be and seemingly devoid of remorse.


CineVue by Martyn Conterio

For a debut feature, it’s impressive and thoroughly committed to its vision of Hell on Earth. The atrocities, bleak tension and stomach-churning imagery are unstoppable, the director deeming them necessary for maximum impact.


Paste Magazine by Natalia Keogan

The Sadness is incredibly gorey and gleefully embraces just about every documented taboo—but instead of an exhausting edgelord sensibility, it accurately depicts just how little convincing a crumbling society needs to obliterate itself.


Original-Cin by Thom Ernst

The Sadness is good. Not just genre-specific good, but cinema good. And even when it arrives at the inevitable ‘who are the real monsters’ scene, The Sadness still has bite.

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