I don't know the background of this movie, was it a middle to large production or maybe a bit more limited budget type of deal. There's at least one scene where a Tokyo street, nothing too famous, has been shut down to film a desolate scene from several different angles. There's also some half decent CGI shots of a burning and empty city. I can see an effort in some of the film to pass it off as a true epidemic, it's just a shame that things fall apart in the details.
What gets me is that the small scenes are fine, but it's the bigger picture that isn't so harmonious. You have a city that's alive, then dead, then alive, then dead again. There's times when the xx days passed since infection, with xx dead and xx infected, that doesn't seem to fit in with the time line that's taking place in the hospital. There's even one scene that left me scratching my head as they were in a travel depot that's clean and well staffed only to walk out onto a street filled with overturned cars and burning garbage everywhere. Things like this abound in the movie and at times just do not add up. It's like one production crew wasn't aware of what the other was doing and in the end it was all edited together without a thought to how events were unfolding.
Really at its core it's a sappy unrequited love film trying to teach lessons but it's set against a backdrop that's too big for the scope of what's taking place. The acting is fair at times but overwrought with over-acting, bad acting, and bad dialog for much of the other. All the English dialog in the movie is also laughable, but it is a Japanese film, so I can't be too harsh there.
And I have to mention the scene where the guy puts his hand over his mouth and takes an item from an infected with the other hand, then swaps it to the hand covering his mouth, then covers his mouth with the infection exposed hand. Inconsistencies like this abound throughout.
The big letdown to me was that a cure was pronounced 2 months into the plague starting, and then we're told that 6 months later a vaccine is made, and then we're shown a bustling and no-worse for wear Tokyo immediately afterward along with a warm fuzzy message to boot.
If you are into sappy Japanese flicks where people yearn for each other in the most strangest of circumstances than this is truly the film for you. If you are into end of the world, plague type flicks this is truly an avoid at all costs film.
Review by Riptides from the Internet Movie Database.