Top 10 films shot in Hong Kong
Hong Kong and the movies
James Bond, Johnny English, Indiana Jones and Lara Croft all have Hong Kong in common. Discover the locations of your favorite heroes in the Asian city.
James Bond Saga: The Man with the Golden Gun, Die Another Day, You Only Live Twice
The world’s most famous secret agent of course made a small detour through Hong Kong when the city was under British rule. Among the most emblematic places, the Peninsula in The Man with the Golden Gun and the bay in Die Another Day or You Only Live Twice. On the other hand, the Macau we see in Skyfall is unfortunately a movie set.
After returning from a trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) contracts a virus. She is identified as patient zero by epidemiologists. During her stay, Beth was able to see the Tsing Ma Bridge, the InterContinental and the international airport.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
It is not to Shanghai that the legendary archaeologist goes, but to Macao, a former Portuguese colony attached to Hong Kong. All the exteriors, including the night car chase with Half Moon as driver, were shot in the city known as the “Asian Las Vegas”, especially in the Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro.
The Fury of the Dragon
Cult film with a mythical fight between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, the story of this young Hong Kong man leaving for Rome remains in all memories. In addition to seeing the magnificent landscapes of the Italian capital, the 1972 film also offers splendid views of the Asian metropolis. On the Hong Kong Bay promenade, a Bruce Lee Memorial pays tribute to the iconic stuntman.
Lara Croft: the cradle of life
Few scenes show Hong Kong in this film, except for a superb view of Shek Pai Wan Bay, including the Aberdeen skyline on Hong Kong Island, and the Times Square shopping mall. In the Tomb Raider released in 2018, on the other hand, Lara (Alicia Vikander) goes to in the Chinese city but the scenes were shot in South Africa.
Just like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan is a major player in Hong Kong. This detective film was shot entirely in the Chinese city. Among the places that can be seen, the Wing On a Kowloon shopping centre was the scene of an impressive waterfall in which Jackie Chan slides down a pole from the top floor. This feat resulted in severe burns to his hands.
The Dark Knight
Rather short but very intense scene, Batman (Christian Bale) travels to Hong Kong to extradite the corrupt accountant Lau (Chin Han) to the United States to stand trial. This footage was shot at the most filmed building, the tallest of the Two International Finance Centre towers.
No scenes shot in Hong Kong for Kill Bill, but don’t forget to check out Gonpachi, the Japanese restaurant that inspired Quentin Tarantino for his film and which opened in Hong Kong in 2013 to the delight of fans of this classic. A scene also influenced by a 1977 film considered the most famous of the “golden age” of Asian cinema, The Steel Monk.
Rush Hour 1 and 2
In Rush Hour 1, Lee (Jackie Chan) comes to the United States to investigate. Only a few scenes can be seen in Hong Kong in the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, but there is also a view from Victoria Peak, a mountain offering a breathtaking view of the city. In Rush Hour 2, James Carter (Chris Tucker) goes to the Chinese city for his vacation and finds himself investigating with Lee. The bay, the airport, Graham Street, a shopping street where Carter is forced to buy a chicken. And finally Tai Wo Street in which the villains climb a bamboo scaffolding and on which Jackie Chan performs some stunts.
Johnny English, the return
On a secret mission in Hong Kong, Agent Johnny English pursues an assassin in New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter Bay. It is here that the British agent shows the extent of his special training with the monks, with special reinforcement on his family jewels. High art.
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Cult! movies: 100 mythical places of cinema [French Edition]
Since the dawn of cinema, films have invaded the world and highlighted sometimes unexpected places. Every film location has its secrets. The latter are sometimes as exciting as the feature films themselves.
Did you know that the cemetery where the final duel of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was built from scratch and that no body lies there? Or that the bus ofInto The Wild has been moved to discourage fans from spending the night there? From the story of the construction of The Bridge on the River Kwai to the incredible encounter during the shooting of the last scene ofIndiana Jones and the Last Crusadeembark on an exciting world tour with the greatest stars of the seventh art. Shiver in the real haunted house ofAmityville and discover the terrifying anecdotes of the making ofApocalypse Now in the Philippines. Visit the building of Blade Runner before stopping at Hogwarts and finally landing in Jurassic Parkin the middle of the Hawaiian archipelago. What if we also took you behind the scenes of the making of the Hobbits’ village of Lord of the Rings ?
Produced by a team of pop-culture specialists and enhanced by numerous anecdotes, Cult! movies tells the secrets of the places that made the history of cinema.
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By Damien Duarte
Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !