Monday, November 30, 2015

Transformers: Age of Extinction - Mark Wahlberg (2014) - Central Government Offices, Central

Some of you may or may not be aware that the HK Govt moved to new premises some time back, away from all the 60's era office blocks scattered around Central and over to the new Central Government Offices built above (what used to be) the reclaimed HMS Tamar basin. Even though the buildings are nice and new, the Govt itself is still a bit crap.

The place gets a real thrashing on screen (as do various other iconic HK buildings and structures) although at some point the film makers do try to convince us that this area is right next to the West Kowloon Waterfront as the action flips between the two.

In the bottom two pictures you can see a green building under some green construction mesh. This is because the filming was done when the former HMS Tamar's Prince of Wales Building - now snappily known as the "Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army Forces Hong Kong Building" - was undergoing a revamp. It emerged from its green cocoon some time later with a brand spanking new Communist Star to replace the previous cross.

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