It has been more than ten years for me to be a singer since 2002. It is unexpected that I would direct a film Rigor Mortis in 2012. To me, as a singer, actor, scriptwriter, director or producer, the originality of all is “creation”. I love working in a creative capacity. Making films is always a contradiction. It emphasizes teamwork whereas it is also based on the personal idea of the director. It is always a new world for the audience to release their emotions in the dark cinema. We would be laughing, weeping, feeling grief, fear, angry, touched and released together with the story and characters. Films are the reflection of humanity and sentiments. And this is the eternal beauty of creation.
Juno Mak was born in Hong Kong in 1984. Mak immigrated to Canada at an early age, but moved back to Hong Kong where he completed secondary school at an international school. He signed a recording contract with Universal Music in 2002 and began his career as a singer. In 2004, he switched to independent label Silly Thing, and focused on creating alternative pop music and producing his own music videos.
Mak made his foray into motion pictures when he appeared in Barbara Wong’s Truth or Dare (2003) in a cameo role. He followed up with outstanding performances in Trivial Matters (2007) and Dream Home (2010), directed by Edmond Pang Hocheung, which marked a radical change in his image. In 2010, Mak starred, wrote and produced Revenge: A Love Story (2010), directed by Wong Ching-po, which won him the Best Actor Award at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival as well as the Best Textual Philosophy Award and the Best Director Award for Wong at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival. Mak and Wong teamed up again in 2011 for Let’s Go!, a homage to heroic comics. The film was the first work produced under Kudos Films, the company co-founded by Mak and Willie Chan In 2010.
Mak made his directorial debut with Rigor Mortis in 2013, which he produced jointly with Japanese horror film master Shimizu Takashi. Taking the 1985 film Mr. Vampire as its starting point, Rigor Mortis reunites the original cast members including Chin Siu-ho, Richard Ng and Anthony Chan in a homage to the Chinese “hopping vampire” films, a genre once popular in the 1980s and 1990s. The film won the FIPRESCI Award at the 50th Golden Horse Awards in 2013, The Best Director at the YAHOO! Buzz Awards in 2013, and the Jury Award at the 21st Gerardmer Film Festival in France in 2014, and was one of the recommended films at the 20th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. In addition, Rigor Mortis snagged nine nominations at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best New Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
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