It’s not the first time we see a Hollywood film presents an inaccurate portrait of Hong Kong, misleading everyone in the world. Two classic examples: the muddled scenes in Armageddon (1997) and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). The latest mix-up is Arrival (See the poster), which is slated for worldwide release later this year. Of the 12 posters of Arrival released recently, one features the famous view of Victoria Harbour from the Peak in Hong Kong. However, the image also features the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, which is from Shanghai, inserted at the bottom right corner. Where the movie slogan asks "Why are they here?”, Hong Kong people are asking one question, "Why is it here?”
We ask that Sony Pictures (for international release) and Paramount Pictures (for U.S. release) will stop circulating and redesign the promotional materials in question, and avoid making the same mistake in the future. The cityscape of Hong Kong, as well as the intelligence of film audience worldwide, deserve respect.