Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Castle Peak Road, Kowloon

Here's one I forget to post several weeks ago. It is a car-based scene in Ein Sarg aus Hongkong with the three actors driving along (for real, no crappy back projection for this film) Castle Peak Road. This road is one of those long ones that goes on to form a large part of Route 9 that encircles the New Territories. However, the particular section we are looking at here is not far from its starting point (or end point, I guess, seeing as it is only eastbound traffic along this section) down in the Cheung Sha Wan part of Sham Shui Po District.

The top picture shows us a small section of the road just west of the junction with Tonkin Street, and the lower picture shows us that very same junction. The zig-zag style decoration of the building at the back of the second picture is where the current Hing Lung Building (202 to 210 Castle Peak Road) stands today. You can vageuly see the wall of the Tonkin Street nullah behind Heinz Drache's head as well. The nullah was covered up only recently (about 3 or 4 years ago).

Stoner - George Lazenby (1974) - Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung

The bad guy's hideout is part of a temple complex somewhere near the coast. The temple itself is a studio set, but the lower entrance to the hideout is actually an old concrete box located on the southern coast of Kau Sai Chau in Port Shelter. Kau Sai Chau is perhaps better known for the its public golf course. We've actually seen the area in question a few times before on this log though. Jackie Chan filmed here for Project A back in 1983, you can see the post here.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stoner - George Lazenby (1974) - Kai Tak Airport, Kowloon

As Stoner arrives from Australia in a Qantas jet, he is already being followed by the bad guys in the shape of Betty Ting Pei and Sammo Hung.

Stoner - George Lazenby (1974) - Central, Hong Kong

Stoner, also known as The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss, is the first in a series of three films that George Lazenby completed under contract to Golden Harvest. I already covered one of the three a while back (The Man from Hong Kong). What happened was that Lazenby had been to Hong Kong to sign on for the original Game of Death when it was still in pre-production with Bruce Lee. Lazenby was there to work with Bruce and my understanding is that The Man from Hong Kong was originally intended to be a Lee vehicle as well (as was Robert Clouse's Golden Needles which was also originally meant to star Lazenby). Sadly, Lee died whilst Lazenby was on his HK trip (he was supposed to be meeting him the night he died) but Raymond Chow being Raymond Chow made the ex-Bond star honour his recently signed film contract and the end result was Stoner, The Man from Hong Kong and finally, A Queen's Ransom.

This film also ties in with the documentary Kung Fu Killers because Lazenby was interviewed by Grant Page on that documentary whilst in the process of making this film and some BTS clips from it are included.

Despite being largely set in Hong Kong (as well as some shots in Sydney), there are surprisingly few locations to be found and most of the key scenes were done in the studio. But here is a brief shot of the Connaught Centre (as it was known then) as the Hong Kong establishing shot.

The panning shot finished looking over to the Mandarin Oriental and Furama Hotel (in the background). Ooh and before I forget here is another view of  some of the same buildings but from the vantage point of the harbour.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Weiße Fracht für Hongkong - Dietmar Schönherr (1963) - Nathan Road, Mongkok

I've been able to place some more of the neon screen shots from this film, and as predicted by Thomas, they are around the general area of this previous post. The first one is a shot of the sign for the 巴黎百貨公司 or, in English, the rather grand sounding Paris Department Store. It appears to have been a rather more humble store trying to convey a more sophisticated image than was the reality.

Anyway, it and the neighbouring Hill Shoes (山打鞋) were both located in the large block that contained the King Wah Restaurant and Paramount nightclub. The reason this has cropped up now is because I only just posted a picture of the very same building just the other day. What a nice coincidence! Now, perhaps someone is able to tell me if Manning Shirt was the same company as Hill Shoes, or were they just sharing some signage?


Friday, May 19, 2017

The Road to Hong Kong - Bob Hope (1962) - Connaught Road, Sheung Wan

One final shot from The Road to Hong Kong for the time being and it's a brief scene showing a car driving along the waterfront along Connaught Road. I'm not sure exactly at which point but I would imagine it is somewhere around where the old ferry piers used to be (what would be today's Shun Tak Centre). Feel free to comment if you know anymore.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Road to Hong Kong - Bob Hope (1962) - Nathan Road, Mongkok

More stock footage from this film includes this nice north looking shot of the junction with Shantung Street along Nathan Road. The Paramount nightclub and Theatre was quite a distinctive landmark at the time. 

Actually, we were here not so long ago because I believe the building occupied the whole block up to Nelson Street and this post was located at the far end.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Road to Hong Kong - Bob Hope (1962) - Kai Tak Airport, Kowloon

One of the most used establishing shots on HK set films is the footage of a plane landing at the old airport, and this film is no different. Sadly, no low level plane landing but instead some quick footage of a plane that looks to have landed on the runway from the harbour end of the runway.

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon

I have to say thank you to a Facebook user named "Wai Tse" for this next mystery because he had posted some footage from this film over there and had identified the place in question as Lai Chi Kok Road next to the junction with Tong Mi Road. It just so happens that this is also the junction where Lui Seng Chun is situated.

The junction at the back in the lower two pictures is with Poplar Street. Here is a Streetview of how it looks today. I've also included a contemporary shot of the street from the same angle as the first two pictures. So, many thanks to Wai Tse for inadvertently solving this mystery for us.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Road to Hong Kong - Bob Hope (1962) - Hong Kong Club, Central

In a rather weird use of stock footage, the Hong Kong Club is used to establish a shot that was obviously meant to still be in India. I guess this colonial style of building is one that can be found in many of the tropical and sub-tropical places the Brits decided to invade during their empire building. In the film, we see it, and the Cenotaph, from the direction of the southern side of Chater Road near to the Supreme Court building.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Weiße Fracht für Hongkong - Dietmar Schönherr (1963) - Nathan Road, Mongkok

A mystery location discovered by Thomas. This rather blurry neon shot from Weiße Fracht für Hongkong is along the Mongkok section of Nathan Road. He's right because there is an almost identical shot - but vastly clearer - on Gwulo showing more or less the same angle and neon signs. So, as we can see, the "otel" sign (top centre right) is actually part of the Sunya Hotel. This means we are looking south, probably from the junction with Argyle Street. Here's the film grab:

The Road to Hong Kong - Bob Hope (1962) - Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Some more travelogue style images of Hong Kong from The Road to Hong Kong, this time we are looking across the harbour towards the western end of HK Island. Of course we can still see the Star Ferry (for the time being at least...) but I think the HK harbour views really miss the old style fishing junks which have all disappeared (well, apart from the fake touristy ones which just aren't the same).

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Road to Hong Kong - Bob Hope (1962) - View over Wanchai, Hong Kong

Here's a quick look at some of the Hong Kong scenes incorporated into this film starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Joan Collins. It was shot entirely at Shepperton studios in the UK so of course all of our Hong Kong scenes were most likely taken from stock footage.

Here is one of the first views of Hong Kong looking east to Wanchai. It looks as though it was taken when the typhoon shelter reclamation was taking place for what would eventually become Victoria Park.The park officially opened in 1957, so it's probably safe to say this was perhaps early to mid-50's. Not too far from when the film was made (unlike Target Hong Kong which used 1930's footage for a 50's set thriller).

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sai Kung Waterfront - Now and Then

Seeing as this place has cropped up a couple of times over the last few weeks - in Shirley's World and Weiße Fracht für Hongkong - I figured a trip out there was in order. It's a long time since I went to Sai Kung and the weather was nice and sunny over the bank holiday weekend (yes, we get the Monday off in Hong Kong too), so I thought I would head in and try to get some shots of some film locations.

Actually, the waterfront was more of a consolation prize because my main objective for the day was to head up Chuk Yeung Road and try to find the area where the final fight of The Young Master was filmed, and after about an hour of walking (uphill in some rather tiring heat) I came to the spot where I believed it to be (about 200 metres further north from the fire lookout). Sadly, the walk up there was a bust because not only is the area vastly overgrown, but also the AFCD have roped it all off (not just there but a whole swathe of the hilltop) in some sort of native species re-plantation project. So, until I can get some proper access, this one will remain an unconfirmed piece of guesswork.

The waterfront area in question is right in the town centre and despite the many years that have passed since both Shirley's World and Weiße Fracht für Hongkong were filmed, the place is still quite recognisable.

Here's the reminder for Shirley's World. It was from the episode Evidence in Camera and Shirley (with co-star John Gregson) are in a boat in the small harbour after visiting the family that pinched her camera.

Remember that the village opposite is called Tui Min Hoi (which literally means "opposite side of the sea"). Anyway, here is how it currently looks.

 Following on from that is a brief glimpse of the same area, only this time ten years earlier as Dietmar Schönherr and Brad Harris wander around almost the whole of Hong Kong in about 5 minutes flat. The bumpy ridgeline at the back is Fu Yung Pit and Buffalo Hill.

The view of the hills at the back is now obscured by the covered fish market and a development called Lakeside Garden (can you tell which is which? ;-))

This final shot is looking east along the waterfront. I had to take my picture a bit further back from the pier (because it was a bit too busy and most of that area is now under cover due to some awnings for the harbourside restaurants) but you get the idea.