Recreating Ghost in Hong Kong

It’ll probably come as no surprise that Ghost in the Shell was a big influence on me when I was writing my fictional city of Lovat for The Stars Were Right. Something about a layered megalopolis with towers rising above water soaked streets and residents living lives in shadowed alleys lit only by neon lights resonated with me. (For another real-life example see: Kowloon Walled City, it’s fascinating.)

I was pretty excited when I stumbled across Random Wire‘s Project 2501 – a photographer recreating scenes from Ghost in the Shell in modern Hong Kong. It’s pretty impressive how close he’s able to get to the stills from the series. The video below does a good job in tying Hong Kong to Ghost’s New Port City but the comparison shots are even more fascinating. It’s a visual treat and one I would encourage you to explore: see the full project here.


  1. Hi Alexander – thanks a lot for mentioning my project! Even though I’ve recently moved to Tokyo, Hong Kong evokes the feeling of GITS far more in my opinion. Something about the density and layers of grime give it more of a visceral feel.


    1. You’re more than welcome David. I really enjoyed it (and the rest of your blog.)

      I haven’t been to Hong Kong myself but your photos have sparked some interest for me. Hong Kong seems to be fascinating as a place. I can see what you mean regarding the layers of grime, everything I have seen from Tokyo makes the city look sharp and clean and less lived-in than Hong Kong.


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