Juno Mak, the Hong Kong singer, actor and fashion designer who made his helming debut in 2013 with “Rigor Mortis,” will direct crime thriller “Sons of the Neon Night.”
The story pits a former politician-turned-detective against the son of a crime lord, who creates anarchy by removing from circulation all the medication that society has come to depend on.
The treatment will be highly stylized and fantastical. “I’m going to deconstruct the city, make a Hong Kong that is familiar but out of place, with snow, for instance, and play with our established psychology,” Mak told Variety.
The film is also a big step up in scale. Where “Rigor Mortis” was a horror film with a twist and grossed $6 million worldwide after a respectable festival career, “Neon Night” is being put together on a $16 million production budget. “It is bigger in scale and will have an A-list Hong Kong cast,” says Mak.
Pre-production is set to begin in May ahead of a September production start.
Finance to date has principally come from producer Kudos Films, though mainland Chinese partners are expected to board in the coming months. Kudos is also handling initial international sales.