Hong Kong as a Hollywood stage

June 26, 2014 8:49 AM

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With our towering skyscrapers, dense population and gorgeous harbour, Hong Kong has been a popular choice for Hollywood filmmakers looking for a unique stage on which to film dramatic action scenes. And though our city has seen adventures featuring James Bond, Batman, giant monsters and, perhaps most dangerous of all, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Transformers: Age of Extinction, which had its world premiere in Hong Kong on June 19, makes use of our city in the craziest way yet.

You’ve probably seen the film’s trailer by now, in which our Convention Centre is demolished, sucked into what seems to be a giant vacuum cleaner, or how the iconic Star Ferry is blown into the air above Wan Chai. There’s plenty of on-ground action on the streets of Kowloon too, as director Michael ...

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