The vampire is coming back to Hong Kong screens. Once a staple genre in Hong Kong, the geung si has fallen out of favor in recent years, something that doesn't sit well at all with Juno Mak. He has made it his mission to bring the Chinese vampire back to the screen in his directorial debut, Rigor Mortis
, and the first images have just arrived.It was back in June that our own James Marsh visited the set of the film
and brought word of the dark tone that Mak is bringing to his effort, the film populated by seasoned veterans of the original classics such as Chin Siu Ho and Kara Hui. But now with word that the film is in post production and Fortissimo Films have picked up sales rights we have a detailed synopsis, word that Ju-On
director Shimizu Takeshi has come on as a producer, and the first two images from the film included a shot of Chin playing a dark version of himself.
In this eerie and chilling, contemporary, action/special effects laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980's, writer-director-producer, Juno Mak makes his feature directorial debut. Co-produced by J-Horror icon Takashi Shimizu, and reuniting some of the original cast members of the classic MR VAMPIRE series, RIGOR MORTIS is set in a creepy and moody Hong Kong public housing tower whose occupants we soon discover, run the gamut from the living to the dead, to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires and zombies.
RIGOR MORTIS stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho (Siu-ho) as a former vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line as a washed-up star, separated from his wife and alienated from his son. Down on his luck and with barely a dollar to his name, he checks into room 2442 in the housing estate, an allegedly haunted flat. His aim is to end his misery by doing himself in, but instead Siu-ho is interrupted by some of the other "occupants" of the building including a Taoist master-exorcist (Anthony Chan), a traumatized housewife with a tragic past (Kara Hui), as well as a seemingly benign elderly woman (Paw Hee-ching) who has an empty coffin conspicuously hanging in the middle of her apartment.
Soon it becomes apparent to Siu-ho that the people around him and the situation are far from normal. Despite his lack of belief in superstition, Siu-ho is soon thrust into the battle of his life as vicious vampires with unsettled business begin to rise from the dead...
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