A 20-foot-tall Optimus Prime statue and Hollywood stars including Mark Wahlberg shined at the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui on Thursday during the world premier of the Hollywood blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Filmed partially in Hong Kong with scenes showing the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre getting totally demolished, the giant robot Optimus Prime arrived in the city and was placed in front of the world-known Victoria Harbour to mark the debut of the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s franchise.
Leading actor Mark Wahlberg along with other cast members such as Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci and Chinese actors including Li Bingbing and Han Geng walked the red carpet to join the screening with mighty Optimus.
After the screening, attendees were treated to a rooftop performance by Image Dragon, the Grammy Award-winning artist responsible for the movie’s theme-song, —Battle Cry at Harbour City”.
Michael Bay said that Hong Kong was a perfect location to unveil the movie which would be shown worldwide later this month. “We’re excited to be hosting the world premiere in Hong Kong, where we were welcomed with great enthusiasm during production,” he said.
He neglected to mention anything about a certain group of biting, aircon-wielding “punks” who attempted to foil his movie production.
Apart from the destruction of the exhibition centre, there are also scenes showing the iconic Star Ferry being tossed across the sky like a miniature toy. The movie also includes scenes filmed at the Great Wall in Beijing and the southern factory hub of Guangzhou.
The film will hit cinemas later this month on June 27.
[Images Via XinHua and Yahoo News]
By Jennifer Hui