Rigor Mortis , a blend of Hong Kong action and Japanese horror
Can anyone recall the hopping vampire in ‘The Gods must be Funny in China’? It was also called Crazy Safari, but that’s not the subject of this post, the vampire is – and it’s been a while since I’ve seen one on film, until Rigor Mortis.
Rigor Mortis is a 2013 Honk Kong horror film filled with their classic kung fu trademark and directed by Juno Mak. It tells the story of Chin Siu-ho, an actor who rents an apartment and tries to take his own life. However, before he can finish it, he is saved by a reluctant ‘ghost buster’ Yau who prevents the ghosts of two girls from possessing his body.
Unfortunately, someone in the building is also planning to trap the ghosts in a body and create a hopping vampire.
Now, this is one Hong Kong film that has great visual effects and the audience might get a sense of watching a Japanese horror which is not surprising as the producer is Takashi Shimizu; the man responsible for The Grudge franchise and a number other Japanese horror films.
Fans of Honk Kong action flicks might recognize the lead actor, Chin Siu-ho, who plays himself in the movie. He starred with Jet Li in Tai Chi Master and Fist of Legend and also played a part with Donnie Yen in The Lost Bladesman.
Rigor Mortis is filled with the trademark acrobatic martial arts sequences and classic spiteful ghosts made popular with The Grudge. However, there is also an emotional element in the film.
Our main character is distraught at the loss of his son and wife. Unfortunately, there isn’t a much of a back story to how he loses them. All we are given are memorial glimpses the character has which has blood so I’m assuming they are dead.
He then befriends a little boy who lives the in the apartment block and her mother Feng; who is also mentally unstable after her husband was killed by two sisters he tutored and later raped. The girls then committed suicide and became ghosts haunting the apartment.
There are twists and turns in the film that will make you cringe like when the seemingly sweet Auntie Mui becomes murderous and cold hearted. There is a scene in the film that will definitely make you hate her after.
Anyway, the film blends Hong Kong action with Japanese horror into an Asian fest of blood, gore and ghosts – a treat for horror and action fans.
I give this film (3.1 / 5). What do you think?