Western A-listers such as Nicolas Cage are being tempted to live in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 October, 2013, 5:29am

Mainland film stars might soon be rubbing shoulders with Hollywood A-listers in the hotspots of Hong Kong.

The city has become an attractive alternative home for big-name mainland actresses such as Zhang Ziyi, Tang Wei and Zhao Wei, who have residency.

It makes it easy for them to travel overseas, according to Hong Kong Film Critics Society president Ernest Chan Chi-wa.

Now it seems the city could be a potential second home for Western movie industry heavyweights eyeing the lucrative mainland market.

Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme has been living here for almost seven years and Nicolas Cage wants to move here. Film critic and director Freddie Wong said: "Hong Kong is a good choice as a second base. The mainland is a big market and to get audiences to know them, stars will come to China.

"English works here, it's only a short flight to Shanghai or Beijing and the free flow of information is also important."

Oscar-winner Cage revealed he wanted to make Hong Kong his second home while in Macau recently for the mainland-organised Huading Awards, to pick up a best global actor award.

The 49-year-old actor, who was shooting the movie Outcast in a village south of Beijing, told The Hollywood Reporter: "I want a base in Asia, and I decided Hong Kong would be the perfect place for me to have a life."

Cage was not the only Hollywood star who showed up on Chinese soil recently. Quentin Tarantino and Nicole Kidman were spotted strutting down the red carpet at the Huading Awards along with Canadian rock star Avril Lavigne and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery.

Kidman also turned up for the opening of film and television studio Oriental Movie Metropolis in Qingdao last month, joined by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Leonardo DiCaprio.

China is now the world's second largest film market. State Administration of Radio, Film and Television figures showed the mainland's box office receipts reached 17.07 billion yuan (HK$21.6 billion) last year, a 30 per cent rise on 2011.