To celebrate the venerable 41st HK International Film Festival (11-25 Apr), we highlight Insta-worthy spots where you can recreate iconic scenes from famous films. Hong Kong’s high-rises and highlands have provided atmospheric backdrops for these fab flicks…
Batman devotees can revisit The Dark Knight (2008), which stars Central’s IFC (International Finance Centre) in the epic finale. While we don’t advocate bat-swooping from the IFC’s vertiginous second tower into the first and crashing through the windows into baddie Lau’s lair, these twin peaks make stellar Insta snaps.
In spy thriller Die Another Day (2002), Pierce Brosnan’s Bond escapes custody by diving into the waters of Victoria Harbour, emerging at Causeway Bay’s Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. He actually pops up on the wrong shore, opposite HK Island, so work those nocturnal skyscraper reflections!
If you love Wong Kar-wai's seductively arty Chungking Express (1994), head for Tsim Sha Tsui’s chaotic Chungking Mansions, the notorious multi-storey warren of shops, stays and signs at the heart of this melancholy romantic cop movie, starring heartthrobs Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro.
Commemorate Bruce Lee’s kung fu classic Enter the Dragon (1973) with a pilgrimage to heritage-listed Tsing Shan Monastery at the foot of Castle Peak, a 30-minute hike from Tsing Shan Tsuen light rail station in the western New Territories. When replaying the famous “kick me” scene, where Lee schools a youngster, channel your “emotional content”!
Hashtag your snaps #PenCities #hkinfilm and you may even get a regram on the Pen’s insta feed. How’s that for fame?
HK International Film Festival / 11-25 Apr / hkiff.org
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