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First stills and acquisition news on Juno Mak's vampire thriller Rigor Mortis

03.13.2013by: Kevin Woods

Hong Kong pop-star turned actor Juno Mak is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming vampire thriller RIGOR MORTIS, and we have news on the films current status as well as a couple of new images from the flick.

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 (JU-ON), 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...

Dutch-Hong Kong sales outfit Fortissimo Films will begin shopping Rigor Mortis at Filmart next week, after announcing on Wednesday its acquisition of international rights for the film which is currently in post-production.

Written by Philip Yung (GLAMOROUS YOUTH) and Leung Lai Yin (REVENGE: A LOVE STORY) from Mak's original concept, RIGOR MORTIS is being produced by his own company, Kudos Films. The film reunites Chin Siu Ho with fellow MR. VAMPIRE cast members Anthony Chan Yau, Wong Siu Fong and Billy Lau Nam Kwong, as well as such revered performers as Kara Hui Ying Hung, Bao Hing Ching, Richard Ng You Hon, Man Chi Leung, Cheung Fat and Lo Hoi Pang.

Extra Tidbit: What is the best vampire themed J-horror film you've seen?

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