Other than being a favorite gateway of affluent Chinese and international
moguls, Macau has often turned into the setting of a flick or two. Movies
depicting gambling and casino scenes have inevitably found their way to this
heaven in the East.
And today, we have put a list to help you find out more about some of the
top movies set in this far-flung land full of excitement. Macau’s casinos are
now busy with film making crews bustling all through the Grand Lisboa, Venetian
Macao, City of Dreams and MGM Macau.
But what makes Macau such a special place for movie makers? Is it the
exotic mix of culture? Is it the fact that while China remains shrouded in
mystery the peninsula has espoused an ideology closer to the Western World? We
find out through the lens of the best movies set in Macau!
Whether you love the James Bond franchise, think it’s too sexist or
perhaps too implausible, past its prime or something else, it’s hard to deny
the appeal of Daniel Craig. Incarnating the famous Agent 007, Craig pulls off a
performance worthy of the praise it has received, and specifically the 8 BAFTA awards
On his way to chasing villains, the MI6 confidence man is dispatched to
Macau where he confronts Raoul Silva, a man bent on destroying the intelligence
services, on an island off the coast of Macau. After an intense action scene,
Silva is allegedly dispatched to the great beyond only to return later and pose
a graver threat the agency has known.
Macau’s beauty shows in the movie, but there is one important twist. The
Macau scene was actually shot at Pinewood Studios. Yet, the success of the
production and good cinematography left no doubt that Mr. Bond took on a
villain somewhere off the coast of Macau.
2. Now You See Me 2
Jesse Eisenberg has long struggled with
his writing career, and yet, for all his artist torment, he has been
delivering one compelling screen performance after another. His role as J.
Daniel “Danny” Atlas in the first movie, sets Eisenberg as the clever
progeny of a magician who was wronged by a rival.
Dedicated to take down the person responsible for his father’s death,
Danny puts together a team of illusionists who start delivering flashy scene
magic, robbing banks in real time to the dismay of law enforcement.
In “Now You See Me 2,” the gang is back together but the Four Horsemen –
as their quarter is known – get restless as they go into hiding and they don’t
have sufficient opportunities to exercise their talents.
Kidnapped by a tech genius Walter Mabry (played by Daniel Radcliffe) who
faked his own death, the gang now has to steal a decrypting device capable of
hacking into any electronic gizmo around the world.
Since Mabry’s hideout is in Macau and most of the action has been shot
in the peninsula, it’s easy to see why this pick is on our list. Not least of
all, however, we find the plot to be outstanding.
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Shot back in 1984 and one of George Lucas’ absolute best, Indiana Jones
is one of the most memorable movie releases of all times. You may not be
entirely sure who Indy is, especially if you are a modern viewer, but the movie
must be one of the boldest adventures of cinematography ever to grace the big
Better yet, the movie’s opening scene was set in Macau. Even though you
are led to believe that the first minutes are in Shanghai, that’s actually the
peninsula you see. Definitely something to keep in mind. Macau just seems to
have its hold over cinematographers who have repeatedly opted to set
independent scenes in the gambling paradise.
Speaking of Macau and gambling, this certainly attracts a certain type
of people. Roger Moore’s James Bond definitely comes to mind. In 1974,
cinematographers who wanted to catch a glimpse of exotic casinos would
inevitably need to go to Macau, the Rome of gambling in Asia.
And so, Moore’s agent sets out on a trip to the exotic to Macau as at
the time Hong Kong and Thailand couldn’t provide Hollywood with casinos. It’s
in this exotic set-up James Bond will face off with Scaramanga, a cunning
villain whose reputation precedes him.
In 2014, MGM Macau decided to sponsor a Hollywood movie featuring Jackie
Chan, and revealing a smart new advertisement move. Set on the casino’s
property – or in the very least some part of it – Skiptrace is a traditional
Jackie Chan movie.
It’s lighthearted, funny and quick with action scenes orchestrated to
amuse and impress. Yet, the MGM Macau is not the only casino that has appeared
in movie scenes. The Venetian and Galaxy Entertainment Group have had their
properties featured in various productions.
In all cases, though, the idea behind shooting a big part of a movie on
the premises of a casino is quite simple – raising the global profile of a
property. The movie industry seems to have its pull and for anyone who has
happened to have a quick look at Skiptrace, their next getaway destination
could very well be Macau.
Kevin was raised on sports since a young teen and following a (fortunate) injury pursued new hobbies in table games such as Blackjack and Poker. Since 2009 Kevin has been writing for casino sites for various big names in the industry and CasinoSites.us is but one of his latest passion projects.