Discover the 8 secret Hong Kong locations where ‘Ghost in the Shell’ was filmed

You might have heard about the recent release of a movie called “Ghost in the Shell” that is currently in cinemas, starring actress Scarlett Johansson in the live-action remake of the iconic anime.

Prior to its release, “Ghost in the Shell” attracted a fair deal of controversy over Johansson being cast as a Japanese character, and since its premiere, the film’s also received criticism for trying to dumb down the source material’s complicated philosophical and existential themes for Hollywood audiences, whilst pleasing fans of the original cult classic.

Sadly, it failed on both fronts, but whitewashing shitstorm and cinematic miscarriage aside, Ghost in the Shell is a striking spectacle to behold. It always gets us excited to see Hong Kong on the big screen, as it is easily one of the most visually dramatic cities in the world, and we’ve been waiting to see how this would come out since Johansson was in town to shoot it last year.

Although it’s hard to recognise Hong Kong underneath all the layers of CGI, we’ve mapped out all the Hong Kong locations for you here. You’re welcome.

1. Des Voeux Road, Central

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2. Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui

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3. North Point Waterfront

ghost in the shell hong kong, tsim sha tsui

4. Lippo Centre, Admiralty

ghost in the shell hong kong, admiralty

5. Tsuen Wan Cemetery:

ghost in the shell hong kong, tsuen wan, cemetery

6. Montane Mansion, Quarry Bay

ghost in the shell hong kong, montane mansion, quarry bay

7. Yau Ma Tei Market

ghost in the shell hong kong, yau ma tei, market

8. Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay

ghost in the shell hong kong, causeway bay, circular bridge, yee wo street

Check out the full interactive map below:

A number of other key Hong Kong locations are also overlaid with CGI in the film, such as the much-Instagrammed Lai Tak Tsuen, but since we don’t want to spoil the flick, we’ll let you watch it and find out the rest for yourself. Here’s a fantastic video comparing the original anime film with Hong Kong locations, by filmmaker Edwin Lee:

    Billy Clarke is a maverick freelance writer with a sadistic and somewhat compulsive passion for words. Although he was administered to writing rehab this failed miserably for the word addict, and he has been out peddling his wares around Asia ever since. Based in Hong Kong for over 25 years, the freak can now be found selling his textual creations, and acting as the occasional hired goon, for various publications, in-flight magazines, lifestyle periodicals and websites. He also runs a bite-sized agency called dimsum.digital where he does design stuff and spends his time mastering his professional feline portraiture.

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