Pacific Rim (2013)

Depiction of Hong Kong:

While the name of Hong Kong is used in the movie, Hong Kong in the year of 2025 never looks like the city we are living in nowadays. Principal photography didn’t take place in Hong Kong at all, as most of the movies were shot with CGI effect. Though Hong Kong is recreated by Industrial Light & Magic, special effect company of the movie. Yet it captures the essence of the vibrant city with neon lights. With the whole Kowloon Peninsular turns to a Jaeger and military base, other side of the island turns to a battleground of giant robots fighting against giant monsters.


In the science fiction monster movie of Guillermo del Toro, Kaijus (Alien Monsters) are spawn through a portal under the Pacific Ocean and attacked cities of the Pacific Rim. Giant robots also known as Jaeger, are built in joint-nation effort in order to defeat monsters, with two pilots in control. However, as the monsters are getting more powerful, military funding is turned to building giant wall in the protection of coastal city. Jaeger project is shutting down, with four last jaeger deployed to the base in Hong Kong. Pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) , who has lost his co-pilot brother 12 years ago in a monster fight, is recruited to save mankind again, only if he can find a partner with suitable mental linkage.

Director: Guillermo del Toro