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Mark Wahlberg, Li Bingbing kick off Transformers world premiere in Hong Kong

Fans delighted as stars take to red carpet for Hong Kong world premiere of Transformers 4

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 June, 2014, 7:34pm
UPDATED : Friday, 20 June, 2014, 5:07pm

Hollywood glamour added heat to the Hong Kong summer as hundreds of enthusiastic fans congregated at the red carpet to catch a glimpse of the world’s A-listers at the latest Transformers world premiere.

Big cheers erupted as Mark Walhberg, lead star of the fourth instalment of the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction, got out of a black Mercedes in a grey suit and sunglasses.

Crowds chanted “Walhberg! Walhberg!” as the Oscar-nominated star swiftly removed his sunglasses and waved at the crowd upon stepping out onto the red carpet at the clock tower outside the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, where the premiere is being held.

Red carpet glamour came under attack by what might indeed be Decepticons as heavy downpours suddenly put a dampener on the proceedings. Many fans rushed for shelter while others stayed put under umbrellas.

Co-star Stanley Tucci, who arrived after Walhberg, was forced to walk down the red carpet under the protection of a black umbrella.

Earlier, at around 5pm, leading lady Nicola Peltz arrived in a revealing turquoise floor-length dress wearing her blond hair down. She was followed by director Michael Bay, Hong Kong actor Ray Lui – one of the film’s cast members – and mainland actress Li Bingbing.

It was the first time that Hong Kong has hosted the world premiere of an international blockbuster. The premiere kicked off at 6.30pm, and will be followed by an after-party outdoor concert with Grammy-award winning American rock outfit, Imagine Dragons.

The film was partly shot in Hong Kong and mainland China, where the premiere was initially tipped to be held. Industry insiders say film company Media Asia switched the venue of the premiere to Hong Kong after overseas journalists had trouble securing travel visas to the mainland.

Jorden Bhavnani, 13, a student at YMCA of Hong Kong said she and her friends came to see the red carpet show after a day of school exams.

“It’s amazing. I didn’t think I’d ever have celebrities like this so close to me. I’m really excited to see Mark Walhberg. Hong Kong hasn’t had this type of thing before.”

US Grammy-winners Imagine Dragons drew a large following of loyal fans ahead of their rooftop concert at Ocean Terminal car park scheduled after the premiere.

Some fans tried to gain access to Ocean Terminal car park as early as 2pm in the hope of getting the best spots in the all-standing concert set against the the backdrop of Victoria Harbour.

Watch: Stars arrive at red carpet premiere in TST

Jodie Lam Weng-san, 21, a student from Macau skipped the red carpet and began queuing for the concert at a stairwell blocked by security at the car park area just under the rooftop. “They were great last time I saw them in Germany,” she said.

Filming in Hong Kong lasted for ten days last October across a variety of locations, including Quarry Bay, To Kwa Wan and government headquarters in Tamar. It was understood that the government provided unprecedented support for the filming of the latest Transformers franchise.

Despite the blackmailing drama – where an air-conditioning technician was jailed after attempting to extort HK$100,000 from director Michael Bay for location fees – Bay said in a recent interview that he had a great experience in Hong Kong. “Hong Kong is a very visual city,” he added.

Hong Kong Tourism Board chairman Peter Lam said using Hong Kong as a location for international films and staging premieres helped boosted the city’s appeal worldwide. Other blockbusters shot in Hong Kong included The Dark Knight (2008) and Contagion (2011). Director Michael Mann’s upcoming film Cyber was also shot in the city last year.

“We are extremely happy and very proud,” said Lam, who is also the boss of film company Media Asia. “In recent years, we have seen a number of big-budget Hollywood action blockbusters shot in Hong Kong. These films are not only visual treats for filmgoers. They also put Hong Kong on the big screen around the world.”


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I guess we've all forgotten that time Mr. Walhberg assaulted and almost killed a poor Viet guy calling him a ****/zipperhead while doing it.
And people wonder why white people don't take Asians seriously.
So the Hong Kong Tourism Board chairman is also "the boss of film company Media Asia"? And now he is all excited over shooting blockbusters in Hong Kong? How very convenient, and how very Hong Kong!
welcom xrghk2305 , our "scmp troll of the day". get lost
Mark Wahlberg...the same guy who used to beat up Asian immigrants when he was in a gang in South Boston? That Mark Wahlberg?
xrghk2305....the same xrghk2305 who has nothing better to do than troll on scmp comment forums who is and always has been an upstanding citizen of hk and hugging every tree in sight because he is so perfect that he has no life? that xrghk2305? mark wahlberg is doing just fine but i'm sure your well researched comments will change everyones view about him -- good job! you really have made a difference today on planet earth
I can honestly say that I have never had the thought or the urge to commit a violent and brutal attack on another human being just because of the skin color, but not for Mark Walhberg.
Mark Walhberg had attacked an older Vietnamese man, calling his victims racial slurs. He approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man on the street and, using a large wooden stick, knocked him unconscious (while calling him "Vietnam f-uc-king sh-it"), leaving him permanently blind in one eye. He was interviewed years later about the assaulted and he claimed he was not regret by committing such crime. He had also attacked and harassed black school children. he threatened and threw rocks to black school kids.
However, Mr. Walhberg is still getting fortune and fame and it seems no one ever knows about these hate crimes he had committed, or don't really care after being told. I wonder is the general public, particularly in Asia, is being too racial/political insensitive?
What do you mean? Are you targeting a whole race?
I hope you are 'joking' or being sarcastic. What an absolutely tasteless comment.
Google confirmed his troubles with the law and that of his siblings. He was supposed to have changed his ways but hasn't compensated his victims, including and not just the two Vietnamese people, and claims to be able to 'sleep well at night'. I hope that natural justice will catch up with him. He might end up dying of drugs, alcohol, or shady company anyway, all by himself. Didn't Mxx Gibson's career fade with his verbal abuse of the Jews? I shall in any case boycott his films, not that I was going to see them anyway, apart from the curiosity of seeing HK on the big screen.
yes vietnam ppl so innocent! just look at all the great things they have done for australia!!!



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