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Resident Evil: Degeneration

Poster for the Japanese release of the film.
Directed by Makoto Kamiya
Written by Screenplay:
Shotaro Suga
Story concepts:
Hiroyuki Kobayashi
Yoshiaki Hirabayashi
Starring Paul Mercier
Alyson Court
Laura Bailey
Roger Craig Smith
Music by Tetsuya Takahashi
Cinematography Atsushi Doi
Yusaku Toyoshima
Studio Capcom Studios
Sony Pictures
Digital Frontier
Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Release date(s) Japan:
October 18, 2008
United States:
December 30, 2008
United Kingdom:
January 12, 2009
January 21, 2009
Running time 95 minutes
Country  Japan
Language Japanese

Resident Evil: Degeneration, known in Japan as Biohazard: Degeneration (バイオハザード:ディジェネレーション Baiohazādo: Dijenerēshon ?), is the first full-length CG animation feature based upon Capcom's Resident Evil video game series. It was announced by Capcom and Sony Pictures Entertainment on October 29, 2007.

Unlike the previous Resident Evil film trilogy, Degeneration is set within the same universe as the original video games.[1] The main characters are Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who appear together for the first time since Resident Evil 2.[2] The film made its premiere in Japan on October 11, 2008 at the Tokyo Game Show,[3] and was released nationwide one week later on October 18. The DVD and Blu-ray were released on December 26, 2008 in Japan and December 27, 2008 in North America.[4] It was released in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2009.



Claire Redfield is now a member of TerraSave, an organization which handles search and rescue at chemical and biological attacks. Claire arrives at Harvardville Airport to meet a family she is aiding. A passenger aircraft is approaching the airport to land. As one of the attendants checks the passengers, she notices one man looking unwell. The man in question is clearly in the final stages of t-virus infection, and warns the attendant. Shortly after, the transformation is completed.

Claire is looking after her friend's niece, Rani Chawla, when they see Senator Ron Davis walk by. A zombie-masked protester walks up to him while imitating on of the infected. He then seconds later, is arrested by a police officer, who is attacked by an actual infected seconds later. One of Davis' bodyguards shoots the zombie while being attacked by the infected security guard, who was presumed to be dead. The second guard attempts to run but is also devoured. The scene causes panic and people in the vicinity flee, some being attacked by the infected. The plane shown previously crashes into the building, with all of the occupants already infected. The plane destroys the sector of the airport while everyone flees for cover. Unable to escape from the airport terminal Claire, Davis and Rani shut themselves in the VIP lounge and call for help.

It's night, the airport has been locked down by the United States Marine Corps and local law enforcement. Survivors are evacuated for treatment, many still locked inside the airport. Two Special Response Team (SRT) officers, Angela Miller and Greg Glenn are joined by a government agent with experience of such incidents, Leon S. Kennedy. The group enter the building through the roof and begin their search. They manage to find Claire and the survivors. Traveling back to the main terminal, Glenn is bitten by a zombie and stays behind, determined to save the rest by killing the creatures nearby. The survivors shoot their way out, with the marines (who had been vaccinated prior to the lockdown) clearing out the terminal.

Claire, upon being told that the WilPharma Corporation, who she was campaigning against, had created a t-virus vaccine, realizes that the vaccine could have saved those who died. Suddenly, the WilPharma trucks containing the vaccine are destroyed. Claire goes with WilPharma worker Frederic Downing to the WilPharma research facility for more vaccine. After a tour of the facility, Claire is shown a molecular-scale image of the G-virus. Downing, surprised by her anger, excuses himself and she is left alone in his office.

Claire calls Leon to inform him about WilPharma's possession of the G-virus, and learns that he and Angela Miller discovered Curtis Miller's (Angela's brother) house burnt to the ground. Downing phones Claire to warn her that a man has just left the facility and that a time bomb has been activated. Claire looks out of a window and sees Curtis Miller running through the central gardens with a briefcase. The bomb goes off.

Leon and Angela arrive at WilPharma and Leon goes upstairs to Claire while Angela, monitoring the ground level, encounters Curtis. Curtis tells Angela that the government covered up some of the events in Raccoon City which kept his family from being saved. A squad of U.S. Marines storm the room. Curtis, having injected the G-virus, mutates. The soldiers open fire on him, and Curtis goes on a rampage killing everyone in his vicinity. Leon saves Angela from the massacre as the atrium garden begins to fall apart, with the wreckage crushing Curtis. Believing him to be dead, the surviving soldiers head up the elevator to safety, Leon and Angela choosing to stay downstairs and wait for the elevator to come back down. Curtis gets out of the wreckage and mutates further, climbing up the building and killing the soldiers by destroying the elevator.

The building is then set on fire by the WilPharma computer system in an attempt to avoid the T- and G-Virus' spreading. Angela and Leon jump into a pool of water to avoid burning wreckage. After having shot a glass partition to avoid drowning, the two find themselves in an underground area. Meanwhile, Claire makes it to the command center, doing whatever she can to halt a biohazard alarm and open the building. She fails and the detection of Curtis in the underground center causes another alarm. This time, parts of the building will be ejected underground.

As Leon and Angela search for an escape route, Curtis attacks them, seeing Leon as a threat and Angela as a mate. Eventually, Curtis manages to regain control, telling Angela to run. As the sections are being ejected, Leon and Angela climb up wreckage. Almost free from the drop, Curtis grabs hold of Angela. About to fall, Leon shoots Curtis in the face, causing him to fall to his death. Leon, Angela and Claire exit the building where Claire accuses Senator Davis of the cover up and the Harvardville Airport incident. Leon reveals that Davis did not know anything, and Claire realizes that the real villain was actually Downing, who caused the outbreak in the airport, the disaster on the plane, the destruction of the vaccine, the detonation of the bomb at the research building and the bio-terrorism incidents by selling t-virus samples. Waiting for a contact to sell WilPharma information to, Downing mistakes a car containing Leon and Claire for his contact. He is arrested by Angela.

The next day Leon and Claire meet with a despondent Angela. Leon reveals that Downing confessed to everything, which was designed as a sales pitch for the virus to General Grandé. He reveals that he was an Umbrella researcher and stole samples of both viruses and escaped immediately prior to the Raccoon City incident before erasing his history and creating a new identity with which to apply to WilPharma. Once there, he was able to sell the virus to a list of potential customers while researching the vaccine.

Leon and Claire say goodbye and leave. Meanwhile, news gets out that Davis has resigned from office over allegations of insider stock trading with WilPharma stocks. A newspaper draped over Davis' face reads "Tricell Offers to Purchase WilPharma". Davis' hand falls from the desk revealing him to be dead, and on his computer WilPharma files are being deleted, which when completed reveal a Tricell insignia on his screen. The film ends with Tricell employees in hazmat suits searching the underground ruins of the WilPharma research building, where they discover a fragment of Curtis's body infected with the G-virus, which they seal in a bio-hazard container.



The Japanese singer and lyricist Anna Tsuchiya sang the ending theme for the film, titled GUILTY.[5]


The film received a limited theatrical release in Japan on October 17, 2008. It was released December 24, 2008 on Blu-ray and DVD in the USA, and it also had a limited theatrical release in the USA. It opened on November 13 in New York and November 18 in Los Angeles in the USA [6][7] and on November 17 in Paris in France, with the producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi [8]

It was the first film released in the PlayStation Home Theater. A trailer of the first eight minutes of the film were shown in the North American Home Theater of PlayStation Home from December 18 to 28, 2008.

N-Gage & iPhone OS game

Nokia and Capcom announced a game partially based on the movie for the N-Gage mobile gaming service.[9] This game was released on December 18, 2008,[10], while the iPhone version was released on May 10, 2009. Despite being a main character in the film, Claire is not playable, as Leon is the sole protagonist of the game. The game, which takes place in the airport from the movie, also contains enemies not seen in the movie.


The film received mixed reviews from critics. The blog, GameLife, gave the film 3/10.[7] The website UGO gave the film an overall score of a B.[11] gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, saying the only problem was that the dialogue was written by the undead.[12]

The Numbers reported 435,126 DVD units sold and a total revenue of $8,547,105.[13]

DVD release

Resident Evil: Degeneration was released on UMD, DVD, and Blu-ray formats December 24, 2008. The release's special features include: the Generation Of Degeneration featurette, character profiles, voice bloopers, a fake Leon interview, five trailers, two Resident Evil 5 trailers and previews. In the "Generation of Degeneration" special feature, the filmmakers explain that this movie is in effect "Resident Evil 4.5", i.e. what happens after Resident Evil 4.

See also


  1. ^ CAPCOM | Press Release 2007
  2. ^ Video RESIDENT EVIL DEGENERATION TRAILER - resident, evil, degeneration, trailer, movie - Dailymotion Share Your Videos
  3. ^ Resident Evil: Degeneration makes World Wide Premier
  4. ^ Resident Evil: Degeneration DVD/Blu-ray Specs
  5. ^ エンディング・テーマソングは土屋アンナさん!!!:biohazardcg製作者ブログ:So-net blog
  6. ^ Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008) - Release dates
  7. ^ a b [1]
  8. ^ Gagnez Des Invitations Projection Privee Resident Evil Degeneration! | Geek Webzine High-Tech Nowhere Else
  9. ^ "Nokia and Capcom resurrect classic franchise with Resident Evil Degeneration". Nokia. Retrieved 2008-09-19.  
  10. ^ "Resident Evil: Degeneration is here!". Nokia. Retrieved 2008-12-19.  
  11. ^ Resident Evil: Degeneration Review - UGO
  12. ^ | Resident Evil Degeneration made for fans
  13. ^ Resident Evil: Degeneration - DVD Sales - The Numbers

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