Movies featuring scenes in Hong Kong

When international cinema meets Hong Kong

Intense & busy settings for movie shots

For today’s article, we are going to present you several movies in Hong Kong, or at least featuring scenes in Hong Kong. The SAR is often picked for its impressive heights, neon-filled streets and unique aesthetic mixing western and eastern elements.

Batman: The Dark Knight (2008)

In this action-packed film, mob bosses who are Sal Maroni, Gambol, and the Chechen hold a video conference with their corrupt accountant, Lau. He has taken their funds for safekeeping and fled to Hong Kong.

There, Christian Bale bat-dives from the rooftop of IFC Two. He then dramatically bursts through windows on the 412 meters-high skyscraper.

Christopher Nolan, (born 30 July 1970) is a British-American film director, screenwriter, and producer.

He is known for making personal, distinctive films within the Hollywood mainstream.

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Pacific Rim (2013)

This film is set in the future, when Earth is at war with the Kaiju, colossal sea monsters which have emerged from an interdimensional portal on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Humanity has built giant robots controlled by humans called Jaeger to fight these creatures, and one scene features a dramatic fight in Hong Kong. The robot called Gipsy Danger fights a Kaiju named Otachi along Hennessy Road.

During the struggle, they knock down buildings all the way from Causeway Bay through to Wan Chai, Admiralty and Central.

Guillermo Del Toro directed this movie.

Million dollars at the box office

Doctor Strange (2016)

A superhero movie part of the Avengers multiverse, this one features Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange.

At some point in the movie, Strange and Mordo arrive in Hong Kong to find their ally Wong dead. The Sanctum is destroyed, and the Dark Dimension engulfing Earth.

Strange uses the Eye to reverse time and save Wong. He then enters the Dark Dimension and creates a time loop around himself and Dormammu, their mortal enemy.

The movie incarnations of a Doctor Strange film adaptation had been in development since the mid-1980s, until Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights in April 2005 on behalf of Marvel Studios.

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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Movie director Mamoru Oshii based the setting for Ghost in the Shell on Hong Kong. Oshii commented that his first thought to find an image of the future setting was an Asian city.

However, finding a suitable cityscape of the future was be impossible, according to them.

Oshii chose to use the real streets of Hong Kong as his model. The film’s mecha designer Takeuchi Atsushi noted that while the film does not have a chosen setting, it is obviously based on Hong Kong because the city represented the theme of the film, the old and the new. And how they exist in a strange relationship in an age of an information deluge.

Before shooting the film, the artists drew sketches that emphasised Hong Kong’s chaotic, confusing and overwhelming aspects.

In other words, a fantastic anime.

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses.

However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. This masterpiece by Wong Kar-Wai entirely takes place in Hong Kong.

Wong Kar-Wai is internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work.

This includes Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997), 2046 (2004) and My Blueberry Nights (2007), Yi dai zong shi (2013).

That is all for our article on movies featuring scenes in Hong Kong. Thank you for reading!

One of Hong Kong's classic