Hong Kong Film Production

Hong Kong is the major Oriental film nexus, largely due to the fact that it has had a greater degree of political and economic freedom than mainland China and Taiwan (two other large Asian film centers).

It has developed into a film making nexus for East Asian culture. Hong Kong has this freedom because it was once owned by the West.

Hong Kong film production came into the film industry limelight in the 1970s with its sub-genre of "Hong Kong Action Cinema", largely martial arts-infused films. It was this genre that inspired the hit pop song "Kung-fu Fighting".

According to the governmental body Film Services Office, in order to shoot film on location in the city, "A general-purpose filming permit is not required, [but] while location filming in public places does not require a general-purpose filming permit, permission from the respective government departments is needed for filming on government land and premises, and within Hong Kong waters.

They include country parks, marine parks, public housing estates, reservoirs, and venues or facilities operated by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, e.g. Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Promenade, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, parks, gardens, swimming pools, bathing beaches, public sporting facilities, etc."

Hong Kong is a city rife with film production and support studios. These include Always Good Film Co, Art Centre Productions, Asso Asia Films Ltd, Bryan Films Co Ltd, Filmark International Ltd, Focus Films Ltd, Golden Way Films Ltd, Grand River Films Ltd, IFD Films & Arts Ltd, JCE Movies Ltd, Magnum Films Ltd, Suen Woo Film Productions Co, and Teamwork Motion Pictures Ltd, among countless others.

Hong Kong films are, however, low-budget productions, and as a result the top Chinese and Far East action film stars such as Jackie Chan and Jet Li have migrated to the United States to make more money and become better recognized.

There are several other negative factors impacting Hong Kong film at the present. These include: the rise of mainland China as a financial powerhouse; an attempt at "mass production" of film that diminished their quality there; an ever-more-internationally-minded middle class that lacks interest in "colloquial" films; vast amounts of video piracy in the Orient; and a strong thrust into the regional business by Hollywood.

Still, with the vast number of film production studios in the city, someone looking to break into the industry there has an excellent chance of finding gainful employment.

If you want to rub elbows with film industry insiders in Hong Kong, places to visit include Gaddi's in the Peninsula Hotel, One Harbour Road in the Grand Hyatt, Yu's Restaurant at the Regent, Grissini in the Grand Hyatt, Cafe Deco at the Peak Galleria, and Felix in the Peninsula as well.

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