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Interview With Joe Chien Director Of Zombie Fight Club
By James Whittington, Sunday 6th September 2015
FrightFest is all about delivering the very best the world has to offer in the name of horror entertainment. Joe Chien's Zombie Fight Club is a gore-drenched, violent zombie-fest that delivers on every level and I was lucky enough to have a quick chat to him about this amazing undead shocker.
HC: Have you always been a horror movie fan?
JC: I was a street vendor in a night market near a theatre. I've seen what society looks like after midnight. There was criminal underworld with gun fire. I lived in a horror movie!
HC: Was there one particular movie that inspired you to be become a director?
JC: When I was just a child, I watched a VHS videotape called Beast Cops by Golden Chan, a HK director. Ten years he became my producer and is now my mentor. Another movie I watched many times is King Of New York starring Christopher Walken. The atmosphere is quiet, what you see is a city that God forgot. He makes me feel the power of silence.
HC: How did you become involved with Zombie Fight Club?
JC: Everything started from my first zombie horror film, Z-108 in 2001. It was a crowd funded film via Facebook and it turned to a big hit. Then I got noticed by Golden Chan. He helped me to produce ZFC, my second zombie film.
HC: What did you think of the script?
JC: Many audiences did not get the meaning of the ZFC story; actually I was inspired from the movie 28 Days Later and a French zombie movie La Horde. Many people have mistaken it for The Raid. I wanted to tell people that humanity is always more evil than zombies.
HC: Was it a tough movie to cast as it is action-packed?
JC: Casting is always not easy. But I'm glad I had Michael Wang in this film who was in Beast Cops and Terence Yin is a great actor.
HC: The film is packed with fights, inventive zombie kills and buckets of blood, what was the shoot itself like?
JC: In short it was very chaotic, it was more like using street food ingredients and sauces to serve five stars dishes! Actually, it was fun. Troubles come when you are making a film, but you should take it as lucky trouble since you have the opportunity to make a film while other people don't. It is the compromise.
HC: What was the most difficult sequence to shoot?
JC: Fight scenes and action scenes are always not easy. What made it even more difficult is special make up preparation for actors. It took a lot of time. One day, it took 8 hours of make up just for one shot.
HC: Did you have much of a budget as it looks pretty impressive?
JC: This one is 15 million HK dollars. It was 10 times of the movie Z-108.
HC: So, what are you working on at the moment?
JC: Preparing for the next Mad Dog's police movie. It is about a fallen policeman who becomes very evil. It is a dark gangster film.
HC: Joe Chien, thank you very much
JC: Thanks for your kind invitation and giving me an opportunity to tell the audience what I really want to say in the film.
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