Even in the anything-to-get-your-adrenaline-pumping world of Hong Kong cinema, Rigor Mortis stands out. The story of a famous actor, Chin Siu-Ho (played by actual famous actor Chin Siu-Ho -- your heard us), who has to contend with a seedy apartment building whose walls reverberate with echoes of his most famous film, the hopping vampire horror-comedy Mr. Vampire -- including mysterious spirits, a mystical warrior-cum-resterateur (played by Mr. Vampire cast-mate Anthony "Friend" Chan), and, yes, a hopping vampire -- the film plays as both a tribute to, and a dark and dizzyingly intense re-imagining of, a beloved sub-genre. Director Juno Mak makes his feature film debut with this visually stunning, shockingly violent, and at times surprisingly moving, effort, and we were eager to discuss the roots of the project in the legendary Mr. Vampire franchise, and the challenges of creating this effects-laden feast.
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