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Rigor Mortis

Geung Si

Hong Kong | 2013 | 105 minutes | Juno Mak

A dejected, washed-up horror film actor moves into a decrepit housing estate with every intention of ending his life, but finds that the apartment complex is teeming with bloodthirsty vampires and other assorted supernatural beasties.

May 23, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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May 24, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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May 25, 2014
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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A washed-up actor makes his new home at a gloomy tenement building populated mostly by quiet retirees. Still haunted by the death of his family, the actor attempts to hang himself in his room, an act of violence that releases the building's hidden tenants—vengeful ghosts, hopping vampires, and other dark spirits who unleash a war between the human and supernatural realms. A loving tribute to the classic Mr. Vampire film series, Rigor Mortis slowly reveals the truth behind the residents—a recently-widowed seamstress knows how to raise the dead, a friendly food-stall owner is a former zombie hunter, and the resident spinster isn't as crazy as she seems—while letting the creepy ghost-story atmosphere build into sudden moments of exhilarating action and unflinchingly gory special effects that explode onto the screen. With a cast filled with classic Hong Kong genre stars, including marital arts choreographer Chung Fat and former Mr. Vampire star Chin Siu-ho playing a heightened version of himself, first time director Juno Mak—under the guidance of veteran Asian horror director Takashi Simizu (The Grudge)—delivers a uniquely modern take on the darker side of Chinese mythology. Populated with knowing nods to a generation of horror films, Rigor Mortis is a veritable feast for genre fans.

Director Biography

Born in Hong Kong in 1984 and raised in Vancouver, Juno Mak has worked as a pop singer, fashion ambassador, actor, writer, director, and producer. In 2011, Mak won the Best Actor's Award at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival for his role in Revenge: A Love Story. Rigor Mortis is Mak's directorial debut.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco, Scarecrow Video, Delta Air Lines

Director: Juno Mak
Principal Cast: Chin Siu-Ho, Kara Wai, Nina Paw, Anthony Chan, Lo Hoi Pang
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2013
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Juno Mak, Takashi Shimizu
Screenplay: Juno Mak, Philip Yung, Jill Leung
Cinematographers: Ng Kai Ming
Editors: David Richardson
Music: Nath Connelly
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Taipei Film Festival 2013 (FIPRESCI Prize), Gérardmer Film Festival 2014 (Special Jury Prize)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Cantonese
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Well Go USA
International Sales: Fortissimo Films
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