Police and criminals on the set of Line Walker-2 waged a gun battle against each other on Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Yangon yesterday. The crew of the Hong Kong film prepared the film set and took the action scenes of the movie from 6 am to 5 pm.
Actor Min Yazar
“Today, we filmed gunfights in the middle of the city. The movie guns they brought with them are quite good. We had to practice with duplicate guns before we filmed it with the movie guns. Even the scene where you’re hit with a bullet, we had to retake it 12 times before the director was satisfied. We fought with gang A today. I am from gang B. We’re going to be filming in this location for 4 more days.”
Yesterday’s filming included a shootout scene between law enforcement and criminal gangs and a scene where a police officer gets hit by a car.
Actor Ant Thit Kyaw (Observer)
“This film set teaches us many things. I can see how a lot of management goes into producing a movie. It’s like a practical working environment for me. It would be great if a local movie company and an international company such as this collaborated on a movie and included domestic actors. I can see our country’s image will be uplifted when this film comes out.”
Police Captain Kyaw San Oo of Traffic Police Unit-41 said the section of the road from the Anawrahta Road junction to Shwe Bon Thar Road was closed and traffic redirected along Anawrahta Road. He said traffic was hindered slightly by a crowd of people gathering to watch the movie being filmed.
U Thein Tan (Driver, Kyauktada Tsp resident)
“Traffic was a bit congested so I drove along clearer roads. But I take pride in the fact that an international movie is being filmed in my country. I got to see their action and the gun fights. It was worth it seeing things I’ve never seen before and I wish for our local films to become just as good.”
The set on Sule Pagoda Road will be used for filming till 26 February. Authorities have already announced sections of the road will be temporarily closed from 6 am to 6 pm on the filming days.
Yangon Synthesis Productions Company, who are taking shared responsibility for the film on Myanmar’s side, has issued an apology to the public for the temporary traffic inconveniences caused during the filming process and has kindly requested their continued patience.
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)