Round the World, Travel

At the Movies

November 12, 2010

I had heard that seeing a movie in Hong Kong is a great experience.  Aside from the fact that it is so much cheaper than in LA, going to the movies does bring a bit of the “wow” factor.  You always have an assigned a seat and can choose where you want. The AMC Pacific Place has the most comfortable leather (French leather, of course) chairs I’ve ever sat in in a movie theatre.

I saw the French fantasy (in English and Chinese subtitles), The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, which was silly, charming, and a lot of fun.

Then there is The Grand at the newest mall in Hong Kong, Elements.  The mall itself is pretty cool in that it is divided into sections that are based on the elements of fire, wood, earth, water, and metal.  For example, most jewelry stores are in the metal section.  Because it was in one of the larger theatres and I wanted the best experience, I saw Unstoppable.  Not knowing much about it, I was surprised how engaging and exciting it was.  But the sound was the most pristine sound I’ve ever heard in a movie theatre.  And so realistic that the theatre and your seat vibrates with from the louder sounds in the movie.  It’s a strange sensation at first, like a subwoofer for a seat, but it’s pretty cool.

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  • Reply Martha November 13, 2010 at 2:14 am

    How was the behavior of the audience at the movies? I went to a movie here and was somewhat surprised that people chatted, texted, checked their phones, and so on throughout the film. It shouldn't have surprised me, really, because even when watching traditional Javanese shadow puppet performances, people socialize and get up and leave and come back as they please, because those performances last for hours and hours (and are all based on tales that everyone already knows). But still… it was an interesting experience to watch a movie (in my case, Eat Pray Love) and experience the cultural differences in behavior at the movies.

  • Reply Martha November 13, 2010 at 2:15 am

    p.s. Thank you for being so diligent and consistent about updating your blog. It's always wonderful to see new updates from you on your journey.

  • Reply Michael November 13, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Thanks, Martha. I'm doing my best to keep it current. As I write this I'm back in the Bangkok airport on my way to Israel. I went to the movies during the afternoons so the theatres weren't too crowded but there was one guy who talked on his cell phone FOUR times across the aisle from me. I kept giving dirty looks but he didn't even look over. It was like it was no big deal to anyone. The other annoying thing was some of the men constantly hacking phlegm from their throats. I was half expecting them to start spitting on the floor.

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