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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.

Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA)

KOFFIA will take you on a thrilling ride of Korean cinema, covering the latest and greatest in contemporary hits, as well as a selection of classics to choose from. If you like your films dramatic, your action unique, and your storylines bold, then KOFFIA is for you. Join us at Dendy Cinemas on the shores of Circular Quay as we put on a Korean cultural experience with industry forums, musical acts, cultural performances and so much more! KOFFIA offers a first-hand chance for people to satisfy their hunger for drama, so don’t miss it! KOFFIA is organised by the Korean Cultural Office. For details about KOFFIA including session times and how to buy tickets, visit our website www.koffia.com.au

Sydney
August 24-29
Dendy Cinemas, Opera Quays
Circular Quay, Sydney

Melbourne
September 10-13
ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Federation Square, Melbourne

Website: www.koffia.com.au
Email: info@koffia.com.au
Phone: 02 8267 3400

Tickets pricing:
Adult $14, Concession $12, Member $10 (for Dendy, ACMI or KCO members). Buy tickets online or at the ACMI Box Office.

Precut Girl (Short Film)

Another short film from the director of “Kaojikara”, Eric Dinkian. Enjoy..!



Wong Kar Wai’s The Grand Master – Teaser Trailer!

The Lost Blademan (HK 2011)

During the warring period of the three kingdoms, ancient China is in turmoil. To unify the country general CAO CAO, the real power behind the emperor, enlists the aid of the greatest warrior in the land GUAN YUN CHANG (Donnie Yen). However, Guan Yun Chang is a loyal friend of CAO CAO’s enemy LIU BEI. To persuade the peerless warrior to fight, Cao Cao takes his beloved QI LAN (Sun Li) hostage.

After leading Cao Cao’s forces to victory Guan Yun Chang sets out with Qi Lan to rejoin Liu Bei. But now Cao Cao has deemed him too great a threat to live, and on the journey he must face all the forces at the emperor’s command sent to destroy him.

View teaser trailer here.