Cars dangling from cranes, street shootouts and actors rappelling from roofs—Yangon residents were transfixed this week by the filming of a big-budget Hong Kong action movie around the city’s iconic Sule pagoda.
Yangon has lent the charm of its colonial-style buildings and golden temple spires to Line Walker 2—the sequel to the 2016 blockbuster of the same name which grossed $90 million worldwide.
Line Walker 2 stars Hong Kong heartthrob Louis Koo and Nick Cheung.
The final day of shooting drew hundreds of locals wearing the sarong-like longyi as well as a long line of robed monks crowding onto overhead pedestrian passes, craning for a view of a choreographed gunfight.
“It is amazing to see cars flying in the air, like in the big films,” Sai Mine, who was visiting Yangon from northern Shan State, said.
The 25-year-old had heard about the filming and begged her sisters to take her to Sule Pagoda where the smoldering remains of a car lay nearby.
Amateur filmmaker Thar Nge expressed delight at the chance to witness the day-long process to film a scene that plays out in seconds on the silver screen.
Some were hopeful a big-budget film featuring Yangon’s sights could boost tourist numbers.
While the number of Chinese tourists increased in 2018, Myanmar has seen a drop in Western visitors following news of the army’s crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority in northern Rakhine state.
Line Walker 2 cast Myanmar actors including Aung Myint Myat who got the “amazing” opportunity to play a SWAT team leader in the film.
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