Valentine’s Day is a great time to curl up with a romantic new movie and your sweetheart by your side. And what better place to experience cinematic romance than in the breathtaking surroundings of Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most beautiful cities? From light romantic comedies to caper films and drama, these eight films celebrate the magic of Hong Kong – and will have you falling in love with the city.
“Already tomorrow in Hong Kong” (2015)
Hong Kong’s cityscape almost looks like the main character in Already tomorrow in Hong Kong, a love story between an American expatriate (Bryan Greenberg) and a toy designer (Jamie Chung) written and directed by Emily Ting.
The potential couple stop at several iconic Hong Kong destinations, such as the mid-level escalators, Victoria Harbor and Chungking mansions, as they try to figure out what to do with their unwanted attraction to each other. . Funny anecdote: Chung and Greenberg are a real married couple!
‘In the Mood for Love’ (2000)
Love mood – directed, produced and written by Wong Kar-wai – is often listed as one of the greatest films of all time.
Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung play the lonely Chinese expats who live side by side in tiny Hong Kong apartments. After realizing that their spouses are cheating on each other, their own love grows within a few years. Leung became the first Hong Kong actor to win the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his work in this dreamlike and atmospheric period play, set in British Hong Kong in the 1960s.
“All About Love” (2010)
Renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui has directed and produced All about love, a queer romantic comedy about two bisexual women who have dated before and reignited their romance after reuniting in a group therapy session for expectant mothers. Sandra Ng and Vivian Chow have lots of raw and tender moments in this sweet and funny romance.
“Chungking Express” (1994)
The Chungking Mansions on Nathan Road form the axis around which the dizzying pace Chungking Express, directed by Wong Kar-wai, turns. The film does evoke the underlying buzz of activity in Hong Kong as two police officers – played by Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung – fall in love with very different women (Brigitte Lin and Faye Wong).
‘Soundless Wind Chime’ (2009)
An unexpected love story unfolds when a thief from Switzerland, Pascal (Bernhard Bulling) pickpockets Ricky (Lu Yu Lai), a mainland Chinese immigrant in Hong Kong, in Kit Hung’s Silent wind chime. Ricky and Pascal try to figure out the difference between love and codependency in this independent drama, which was nominated for the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival (for films that explore LGBT topics) in 2009.
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“Suzie Wong’s World” (1960)
Nancy Kwan and William Holden play a Hong Kong sex worker and an upcoming American painter, respectively, in Suzie Wong’s world. The unexpected romance between two lovers from very different backgrounds, each struggling in their own way, has often been compared to Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
“City of Glass” (1998)
Mabel Cheung directed City of glass, a calm romantic drama starring Leon Lai, Shu Qi, Daniel Wu and Nicola Cheung. After the deaths of two former lovers – who rekindled their romance in the 1990s after falling in love while they were students at the University of Hong Kong in the 1970s – on New Years Day, their children adults start their own relationship.
If you’re in the mood for something a little darker and action-packed, sparrow – directed by Johnnie To and named after the Hong Kong slang word for “pickpocket” – is a heist film with a bleeding heart at its center.
Kelly Lin plays a crook who longs to find true love and break free. And she’s ready for anything, including trying to seduce every member of a powerful team of pickpockets, to achieve her goals.