We went to the movies on Sunday – the first time in Hong Kong. We had tried a couple of times in the previous weeks to get cinema tickets on the same day, but even though there are around 10 different cinemas in the central area that show movies in English language, the movies were always sold out. We could hardly get a seat in the front row, and for prices per person of around 8-10 Euros we declined.
We tried booking in advance, but you can only book tickets up to 2-3 days online, and somehow we always forgot to check on Wednesday or Thursday for upcoming movies. However, because it had been raining for the last couple of days and was pretty cold, we decided to go to the movies this weekend and we finally managed to book tickets at the UA Cinema in Langham Place (Kowloon) in advance.
It seems that over half of the films shown in Hong Kong are Asian productions, so there are not that many English movies to choose from – those that are being shown, are mostly Hollywood blockbusters. Still, there are the odd good productions, and one of them is ‘The King’s Speech’. This is the story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter star in this movie, and it’s really interesting to watch. Great acting and a good story, I thoroughly recommend it.
Also interesting was the whole experience of going to the movies in Hong Kong:
- it’s packed and every seat is occupied, people queue up to get into the cinema
- there is no advertisement (at least not on a Sunday afternoon) and the movie starts immediately
- of course, Chinese subtitles have been added – but they don’t distract too much. You can recognise the numbers, and my guess is that names are underlines so people can pick up on this easily
- people around us ate popcorn flavoured with butter or chocolate, hot dogs and ice cream – but there were also different options to choose from: pancakes, cocktail sausages, dumplings, octopus balls etc. The smells in the cinema were most interesting!
- soft drinks as well as some fruit drinks were also sold in the cinema – but I noticed that a lot of people just bought food and probably brought their own drinks with them
- generally everyone is really quiet, listening to the movie and just whispering very quietly to his/her neighbour
Overall, a very positive experience. Just annoying that you can’t just go and buy a ticket. You really have to plan in advance.