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Rigor Mortis at HKAFF – Q&A session

Director Juno Mak and Producer Takashi Shimizu, Q&A session at Hong Kong Asian Film Festival. Thanks to the original uploader.

Korean Drama Channel on SnagFilms.com

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Pad Yatra – A Green Odyssey

Winner of ten International Awards, including Best Documentary and Audience Award Winner at three different festivals, PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey is the harrowing adventure of 700 people, trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming.

Battling the most treacherous terrain on earth, they spread their message of ecological compassion through human’s most basic means –by walking on foot, village to village, and showing by example.

Barely surviving injuries, illness, and starvation, the trekkers emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world.

*Shot with solar power by Himalayan monk Ngawang Sodpa, the film features United Nations MDG Honoree the Gyalwang Drukpa, and Aamir Khan. The film is executive produced by Michelle Yeoh, narrated by Daryl Hannah, and is the debut feature documentary from Director Wendy J. N. Lee.

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey has a running time of 71 minutes and will not be rated by the MPAA. The film will open in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall on November 15, 2013.

Website : http://www.padyatrafilm.com/

Rigor Mortis (HK 2013) – Director’s Statement

The very moment before death.
A precise time-frame I’ve always been fascinated by.

Vampire and zombie movies have played an important and popular part throughout Western cinematic history. Hong Kong also has its very own version of a legendary vampire genre known as “Geung Si” or Chinese hopping vampires. A unique genre that combines thrill, suspense, ghosts, traditional mythology, action and comedy. A genre once so popular worldwide but suddenly disappeared and was unheard of again for almost 30 years now.

The mass-audienced “Mr Vampire” series respectfully represented Hong Kong cinema in the 70s and 80s – Taoist Priests, amulets written in blood, wooden swords, evil spirits in red dresses, action stunts and of course, hopping vampires.

The publicly-acclaimed series “Mr Vampire” starred the three protagonists, Lam Ching-ying as Master Kau, a unibrowed priest specialising in Taoist supernatural arts, Ricky Hui Koon-Ying as Man-choi and Chin Siu-ho as Chau-sang, both acting as Master Kau’s students. Somehow, they were like a golden trio.

Sadly, two members of the golden trio have now passed away. Lam Ching-Ying died on the 8th November 1997, due to liver cancer. Coincidentally, Ricky Hui also died on the 8th November 2011 of a heart attack. (Ricky’s name was written down as one of cast members in RIGOR MORTIS). Both died on the same day and month, something I am rather intrigued by.

Other memorable cast members include Anthony Chan-Yau, Wong Siu-fung, and Billy Lau Nam-Kwong.

I was born in 1984 and the first “Mr Vampire” was released in 1985. I grew up being fascinated by the “Geung Si” subject and I remember replaying the series over and over again on VHS, constantly rewinding to dissect particular scenes of interest. Thus a directorial debut in this subject couldn’t make any more sense to me.

RIGOR MORTIS is about reuniting the very original cast, bringing back this nostalgic “Geung Si” genre with a imaginative modern vision. Something I describe as “A Nightmare Poetry”. Also a sincere tribute to the cult. The story is set in a modern day housing estate and evolves around the last protagonist left from the “Mr. Vampire” series – Chin Siu-Ho, playing himself in the film.

Taking out the comedic elements from the original genre, RIGOR MORTIS aims for the very extreme on suspense, thrills, action and violence. It is about a group of underdogs once in the limelight who have now passed their time, re-discovering self-dignity through an intense surreal journey against a traditional evil force. Yet each character relates to their own origin in the original series.

RIGOR MORTIS begins shooting in approximately May, 2012. The cast will include Chin Siu-Ho, Anthony Chan-Yau, Bao Hing-Ching, Chung Fat,, Lo Hoi-Pang and Billy Lau Nam-Kwong.