Fresh off of his awesome looking directorial debut in the Takashi Shimizu produced Rigor Mortis, Juno Mak (pictured above) has begun scripting The Torturer, The Cleaner And The Gravedigger with Takashi Miike set to produce. Miike will also lend a hand later in the scripting stage, per Screen Daily. It’s not explicitly stated who will be directing the film, but at the moment it’s a safe assumption that Mak will be handling those duties as well.
As with Rigor Mortis, Mak’s Kudos Films will also be producing. Fortissimo recently picked up international rights to that film, no word on they’ll be involved with The Torturer, The Cleaner And The Gravedigger in the same regard.
With that kind of title, I’m just excited for the synopsis to come in!
Fortissimo Films has picked up international rights outside Hong Kong and China to Juno Mak’s directorial debut Rigor Mortis, reports Screen Daily, who also shared two very cool images.
Currently in post-production, the film is inspired by the popular Chinese vampire movies of the 1970s and 1980s, but with a contemporary story and cutting-edge special effects.
Starring one of the original vampire hunters, Chin Siu-ho, the film was produced by J-horror maestro Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge), along with Mak and his Kudos Films.
Chin plays himself as a former vampire movie actor who moves into a rundown public housing block, only to discover that the apartment is haunted and he is not alone. READ MORE
Update: There is a statement from Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen below.
It is with a sad heart that we report Ministry/Rigor Mortis/The Revolting Cocks guitarist Mike Scaccia has passed away. He was 47 years old. Below is a picture of Mike as well as a pretty comprehensive interview.
Reports are saying that Mike suffered a seizure and collapsed on stage during a Rigor Mortis performance that was celebrating singer Bruce Corbitt’s 50th birthday. He was rushed to the hospital where he passed away.
Corbitt posted on Facebook, “My brother is gone! The only reason I am who I am is because of this man. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t even be in a band. RIP Mike – the greatest guitar player I ever knew. I’m proud to say that I was always Mike Scaccia’s biggest fan, and always will be.”
R.I.P. Mike. Your music changed the landscape of music and you will be missed. READ MORE
Hong Kong pop-star turned actor Juno Mak, who has given impressive performances in such films as Revenge: A Love Story and Let’s Go!, has revealed to Twitch that production is underway on his directorial debut. Says the site, the supernatural thriller Rigor Mortis harks back to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980s, in particular the Mr. Vampire series, which starred Lam Ching Ying as unibrowed Taoist priest Master Kau, ably supported by Ricky Hui Koon Ying and Chin Siu Ho.
Eschewing much of the comedic tone of those films, Mak brings back Chin Siu Ho to play a tortured version of himself in a much darker, more introspective horror film. Written by Philip Yung (Glamourous 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 and Lo Hoi Pang.