Hong Kong’s hopes to preserve iconic film sets dashed as structures are demolished


    25th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong’s aspirations to transform the movie sets of the blockbuster martial arts film “Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In” into permanent exhibits have been quashed, following revelations that the sets have been destroyed. Sources close to the production revealed that the HK$50 million (US$6.4 million) sets were dismantled upon the film’s completion, dispelling any hopes of their preservation for tourist attraction.

    The government’s initial announcements about negotiations to save parts of the sets for public display were based on misunderstandings. According to insiders, the space required to store such extensive sets proved prohibitively expensive, leading to their complete destruction. This miscommunication came to light despite earlier comments from actor and investor Louis Koo, which suggested potential future use of the sets, albeit referring to those that would need to be constructed for any sequel.

    The elaborate sets had vividly recreated the dense and chaotic environment of the historic Kowloon Walled City, complete with its network of overhanging electrical wires and cramped living conditions. These sets were a significant factor in the film’s visual impact, contributing to its success and critical acclaim.

    In response to the loss of the original sets, the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Kevin Yeung, mentioned on a radio programme that the government is now considering employing augmented reality technology to recreate the experience of the sets. This approach aims to circumvent the physical limitations and costs associated with traditional exhibits.