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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 October, 2013, 12:52am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 October, 2013, 3:21pm

Triad roughing up of Michael Bay does wonders for city's image

Has the roughing-up on the Transformers movie set in Quarry Bay involving alleged triads damaged the city's international reputation? I rather think the opposite, though many people believe otherwise.

Reading his blog, you will find Michael Bay was not only unfussed, but rather amused by the altercation.

"He came by my crew as we were shooting, carrying a long air-conditioner unit," he wrote.

"He walked right up to me and tried to smack my face, but I ducked, threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away.

"That's when the security jumped on him. But it took seven big guys to subdue him. After that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong. The place couldn't be better."

Seven guys! And they were just Bay's personal security. In the end, it took 15 police officers in riot gear to arrest four suspects. Given their obvious kung fu prowess, maybe Bay should just hire those guys for his movies, rather than letting them be charged with blackmail and assault.

If only the suspected triads had managed to disrupt Bay and his film crew in the making of yet another mind-numbing, deafness-inducing Transformers movie for the cinematically challenged! Perhaps they were only trying to do the world a favour.

Tourism Board chairman Peter Lam Kin-ngok said he hoped there would not be a repeat of such incidents "[as] the reputation of Hong Kong will deteriorate".

Will the latest incident scare off Hollywood types like Bay from coming here again? I seriously doubt it. They will probably come back for more.

The incident will only reinforce Hollywood's stereotypical image of Hong Kong as an exotic, crime-infested city. And it has been great publicity for Bay. So what's not to like?

Think of all those wondrous Jean-Claude Van Damme movies shot in Hong Kong in which the Muscle from Brussels took down triad baddies one by one.

We must never underestimate Hollywood's love of the cliched, the trite and stereotypical.

Now that the triad incident has spread far and wide, not least thanks to Bay's own bragging in his blog, we can rest assured that our city's international reputation is secure.

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DocNo
Those were street gang kids. The Triad is a consortium that conducts global business; they are more sophisticated than that. Remembering the good old days when I did a few movies in Hong Kong, the producers always hire a couple of street head honchos just to prevent disturbances.
hankt
Was this article written by a couple of 12 year old local boys and published under a false name? It us hard to believe an adult could have written this.
caractacus
You are clearly being tongue in cheek Alex, but you would change your tune if you or your family were their victim. These are the same kind of thugs who terrorise and blackmail minibus drivers and shopkeepers and fiddle the N.T. small house policy. They do our city's image nothing but harm.
clk2828
Come on, this is so exaggerated. Don't disrespect HK people with his hometown Supremacy thinking. It took 7 of Bay's security guards to take on the lunatic vs 15 HK Police Personnels in Riot Gear to arrest the guy? HK Cops are trained well with martial arts and any one average cop can take down 20 of those so called security guards. HK people maintain high standards and nothing short of American standards. Bay should stop this exaggeration and probably better to produce a hollywood movie about what it takes to be in the HK Police Force upholding law in the safest City in the World instead of the crappy transformers with armageddon plots!
jimmywong88
I don't quite get Alex's logic of how this incident will lead to more of Hollywood coming to HK and boosting Bay's publicity?
'Shoot movings in HK and you'll get to see thugs!' feels awkward. And, if Bay's got to have enough publicity if he's shooting 4th movie of a franchise.
I sort of detect cynicism here that if something negative happens to a high profile person, Alex means they should not tout about it, which is an interesting but awkward take.
ray1974
I met a guy from Vietnam who came to Hong Kong for training, he said he thought Hong Kong was full of triads on the streets, as they saw many Hong Kong movies in Vietnam that featured triads. It was until in Hong Kong that he noticed the real Hong Kong is very different from the movies.
johnyuan
‘Seven guys! And they were just Bay's personal security.’
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Bay came prepared as if he was the President. Wonder if he actually was informed ahead of possible meeting triads one on one during shooting in Hong Kong.
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But triads like mafias in Sisley, is a part of local culture of which Hollywood’s stereotyping and caricaturing as part of Hong Kong is right on the mark and justifiable. Just try to recall how many disturbances attributable to triads we have had so far this year that still got two and half months to go. At such, we take Bay’s incident as normal and much less to worry what repercussion to Hong Kong’s reputation. It's joke time reading those comments yesterday. But sad and alarming to me.
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It will not be so surprised that Hollywood’s next film would be on the triads; directed by Bay of course. And Jackie Chan perhaps with his past experience in fighting off triads he will be the best bodyguard to Bay in Hong Kong the next time. He probably will be very expansive but darn effective.

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