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  • Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed Pacific Rim. But I find it equal parts perplexing and amusing when cities such as Hong Kong are made more 'stereotypically Asian' for, I would asume, Western audiences.

    I'd like to think the idea of all cities homogenizing (as they are doing today) is not such an unbelievable concept. Surely Western audiences wouldn't need such a visual confirmation to reaffirm the settings? I mean, for crying out loud - apparently, sometime in the next 10 years we (Yes, I live in Hong Kong!) decided to regress 70 years or so, whilst keeping our modern skyscrapers. And so motorized rickshaws, red paper lanterns, and the bamboo sliding doors are back in.

    It didn't really detract from the movie, but it did make me giggle when they showed the scenes of Hong Kong's streets, as Newton tried to find the black market dealerĀ :)

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    • It's entirely possible that those things were there for reasons of culture, rather than practicality.

      For example, there are places in the U.S. where people can ride in a literal horse-and-buggy carriage.

      We didn't see all of Hong Kong, after all. It's possible that the part we saw was a "traditional" area (which, naturally, would be the one showcased to affirm to Americans that it was in fact Hong Kong, because Americans are like that).

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    • and that was hannibal chaus neighborhood so he probably designed it that way

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    • "To fight monsters, we created monsters ..."


      ... and to sell a movie, Hollywood marketed China - I mean, even though the "capital" of ALL monster movies is supposed to be Tokyo, yet more than 70% of Pacific RIm is set in Hong Kong. I wonder why ... (awesome movie though)

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    • The depicted area in HK during Pacific Rim was more or less the shady areas and slums, so I suppose it was supposed to be less extravagant than other areas. At the very least, they kept the classic skyline in it.

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    • 60.52.54.192 wrote:
      "To fight monsters, we created monsters ..."


      ... and to sell a movie, Hollywood marketed China - I mean, even though the "capital" of ALL monster movies is supposed to be Tokyo, yet more than 70% of Pacific RIm is set in Hong Kong. I wonder why ... (awesome movie though)


      They marketed China because the studio was hoping to get a big Chinese audience thus increasing the box office receipts.

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    • And it worked. Boy, did it work.

      Genius move on their part, really.

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    • I've read the novelization of Pacific Rim and was pleasantly surprised to see that Striker Eureka and Mammoth Apostle fought a Kaiju in the city of Kuching in Malaysia. In fact the aftermath of the fight was shown briefly in the movie (according to the novel)- the part where Marshall Pentecost introduced Hannibal Chau to the scientists.

      The saddest part though they used the KLCC Twin Towers in the background to show that it's in Malaysia. Sad because the Towers are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's Capital, while Kuching is the state capital of Sarawak, which is part of Borneo Island far to the east with the South East China Sea in between. I know that KLCC is a representative landmark(important in the visual language of movies) thatĀ  a number of Westerners might recognize but Kuching does have a number of her own big man-made landmarks that could be brought into the limelight.

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    • Just gonna add my bit on Hong Kong, personally...


      I live in Hong Kong, and tbh the real Hong Kong is much more drab. Except for the newer buildings like the ICC and IFC, most buildings are very utility-based. Nearly no paint at all. White and drab grey is the most common color. Plus the sky is a lot more smoggier. Hong Kong also has more open areas than shown in PR; It's crowded, but there's still some open fields and stuff.


      Plus judging by where the Shatterdome is it seems to have been built right next to where I live irl XD

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