Hong Kong Filmart: Mak’s 'Neon' Makes Market Bow

Rigor Mortis Venice Film Festival Still - H 2013

Rigor Mortis Venice Film Festival Still - H 2013

The director of 'Rigor Mortis' presents the $15 million crime thriller to buyers.

Rigor Mortis director Juno Mak will unveil Sons of the Neon Night to buyers at Filmart. The $15 million crime thriller is produced by Mak’s Kudos Films and Hong Kong-based FC Movies, a member of the Shaw Brothers Group.

The film is written, produced and directed by Mak. Filming is planned to commence in the fourth quarter of 2015 for a late 2016 release. Mak reinvented the Chinese “jumping vampire” genre in his directorial debut, Rigor Mortis, in 2013, and subsequently garnered nominations for best new director at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. The film grossed over $6 million worldwide and was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the Golden Horse Awards.

“I’ve created a new world for the story. I’m attempting to re-establish the cops and robbers genre, and to redefine the boundaries of a crime thriller,” Mak told THR. “I’ll deconstruct then reconstruct the rules of the crime thriller genre, and hope to bring a breath of fresh air into a genre that audiences have watched for decades,” he added. 

With Rigor Mortis being a festival favorite, invited to be screened at over 30 international film festivals, including a premiere at Venice and screening in Toronto, Mak’s frequent flying became a catalyst for writing Sons of the Neon Night. “I had the concept of Sons of the Neon Night before Rigor Mortis,” Mak says, “and during the promotional period of Rigor Mortis, I traveled for a year and three months to festivals around the world. During these times of severe jetlag, I recommitted to the story of Sons of the Neon Night and decided to make it my second film. I’ve been writing the script since.”