Hong Kong has a vibrant film industry which provides rich opportunities to international filmmakers. It became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China sixteen years and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with a population of over seven million.
The government of Hong Kong is keen to promote arts and cultural development and an environment conducive to filmmaking in order to promote better understanding of the people, lifestyle, culture and scenery on offer. Hong Kong has many talented technical crews who are acknowledged throughout the world as hardworking, enthusiastic and innovative professionals.
The Hong Kong film industry offers a wide range of film production and post-production services and state-of-the-art facilities. In late 2014, the territory entered into a co-production treaty with South Korea.
The BBC and Sundance TV production One Child is filming on location in London and Hong Kong in 2014 and also in 2013 various productions filmed in Hong Kong.
Michael Mann’s film Cyber includes the lobby of the Hang Seng bank, Michael Bay used the territory for his lastest Transformers film The Age of Extinction and Spike Jonze's much acclaimed and Oscar-winning film Her also shot most of its scenes in there.
In Pacific Rim (2013), Guillermo del Toro used Hong Kong as the backdrop for the harbour battle scene in his sci-fi monster movie.
Contagion (2011) directed by Steven Soderbergh used The Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen Harbour for the casino setting. Other locations included Hong Kong International airport the Intercontinental Hotel and the Princess Margaret Hospital.
Johnny English Reborn (2011) starring Rowan Atkinson included a foot chase across the buildings of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a filmmaker friendly destination. A general purpose filming permit is not required for filming in public places. There is an administration charge for filming on government land and premises and within Hong Kong waters. For full details of charges and restrictions contact the Hong Kong Film Services Office.
It is also advisable to inform the TV and films liaison section of the Hong Kong police (telephone number (852) 28606186) and provide them with details of your plans if shooting in a public place, so that they can make any appropriate arrangements.
All film studios in Hong Kong are located within the New Territories area.
Shaw Moviecity is a full-service film and digital, picture and audio production and post-production facility. Hosting scores of Chinese and Hollywood co-productions, the 92,000 sq.m facility includes five fully air-conditioned and soundproofed sound stages. The largest sound stage features a filming space of 21 metres in height and over 1,950 sq.m in size. The post-production building is one of the largest in Asia, with over 30 individual picture and sound post-production studios and Dolby Premiere final mix suites. Shaw Moviecity is also equipped with orchestral scoring stages, which can accommodate up to 50 musicians.
The Clarence Film Studio is one of the largest privately owned studios in Hong Kong with 4 individual studios ranging from 5000 – 10355 sq ft.
More information is available at the Hong Kong Film Office.
Hong Kong provides a great range of filming locations from high rise buildings to markets and beaches. Thomas Podvin and Gary Wong have put together a comprehensive guide to film locations in Hong Kong. This includes photos, video clips and a Google map marker for each location.
There is a wide variety of equipment providers in Hong Kong. These can be found in our equipment section.
Dremfud Hong Kong– with an impressive client list. A wide range of equipment for rental including the Phantom HD high speed cameras and the Thompson Viper Film Stream camera.
Flying-Cam Ltd– for close range aerial filming.
Salon Films is an all-embracing facilities company that has been established for over 50 years in Hong Kong and provides everything from film financing advice to equipment rental. It has a great credit list of a wide range of films including the Oscar winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.