Movie pick: Rigor Mortis

Movie pick: Rigor Mortis

I could go on and on about the mindblowing special effects in Rigor Mortis, first-time director Juno Mak's horrorfest of a movie.

Featuring the most spectacular use of CGI in a Hong Kong film in years, it boasts excellent cinematography and a gorgeous aesthetic that rivals Hollywood fare like Mama and The Cabin In The Woods.

But what makes Rigor Mortis a masterpiece is its underlying humanity.

At the core of its story - a dispirited former movie star Chin Siu Ho checks into a rundown housing estate to kill himself, but is saved by a bunch of senior citizens, each harbouring secrets and tragic pasts of their own - is Mak's compassionate portrayal of the elderly, their fears and need for love.

Kudos to the veteran ensemble cast, including Paw Hee Ching, Kara Hui and Chin Siu Ho (who plays a messed-up version of himself), for putting in fantastic performances.

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