January 15, 2012, 12:30 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office] and China Lion Film Distribution, Inc. invite you and a guest to an advance preview screening of

The Viral Factor

Directed by Dante Lam
Written by Dante Lam, Candy Leung
and Wai Lun Ng

12:30 P.M. on Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Opens on Friday, January 20th, 2012 at AMC Atlantic Times 14, AMC Puente Hills 20 and AMC Santa Anita

About The Viral Factor

IDC Agent Jon (Jay Chou) sustains grave injuries on a mission and decides to spend his final days with his mother. She tells him a long-held secret. To fulfill her wishes, Jon goes to Southeast Asia. He befriends medical specialist Rachel (Lin Peng). When she is forced into the schemes of a criminal organization, Jon attempts rescue and becomes the target of the organization that includes his estranged brother Yang (Nicholas Tse). When the organization betrays Yang and kidnaps his daughter Sheng, the brothers join forces to rescue Rachel and Sheng.

Provided courtesy of China Lion Film Distribution, Inc. Not Rated. In English and Cantonese, with English subtitles.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


Director's Statement

The Chinese title of this film, Uphill Battle, is very meaningful to me. We go through uphill battles every day. With each choice, challenge and conflict, we must keep fighting. And in the end, when we know love, right and wrong are no longer important.

In movies as in life, we continuously battle. Every film is another journey of self-discovery for me: Man, the king of all animals, is not so unique. Everyone is equal as they battle their own destinies; not only humans but even microbes have the instinct to fight for survival, and to break through barriers. Any chance to be with loved ones, if even for a moment, is not to be missed.

During the tumultuous production process, each day brings its own revelations. We shot in different foreign locations. The changes in rhythms and styles of each place were all uphill battles for me. But in the end, when I go home and see my wife and daughter, my heart is that much more grateful.

-- Dante Lam

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 12:00 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago