Hong Kong Horror Film 'Rigor Mortis' Sells Wide

"Rigor Mortis"

In the wake of AFM, Fortissimo Films announces deals for Juno Mak's Chinese vampire flick in Japan, German-speaking Europe, Mexico, India and the Philippines.

Hong Kong pop star turned director Juno Mak's horror vehicle Rigor Mortis sold to a spate of international territories during AFM, sales outfit Fortissimo Films has announced.

The Dutch-Hong Kong sales banner closed a deal for the film in German-speaking Europe with Ascot Elite. In Japan, Shochiku Films took the rights for a mid-2014 release. Other sales completed include deals with Distribucion de Peliculas Zatmeni for Mexico, Viswas Films for India and the Indian Subcontinent and Solar Films for the Philippines.

Fortissimo had previously sold Rigor Mortis for North America, Hong Kong, Korean, Taiwan and territories in Southeast Asia. The film has already opened strong in several of those markets.

FILM REVIEW: Rigor Mortis (Geung Si)

A revival of the pulp Hong Kong Chinese vampire films of the 1970s and 1980s, Rigor Mortis stars genre veteran Chin Siu-ho and tells the story of an acting has-been's encounter with the supernatural in a housing estate occupied by an exorcist, a traumatized housewife and a creepy elderly woman.

The film has been a hit in home territory Hong Kong, grossing $2.25 million (HK$17.5 million) since it opened there Oct. 24. In Taiwan it has pulled in $1.2 million and in Malaysia $500,000.

Well Go USA snatched up North American rights to the film ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. It's expected to get a North American release in early 2014 and will open in Singapore, the Philippines and other Asian markets later this month.