Sunday, February 19, 2017

China Cry - Julia Nickson (1990) - Rua Direita Carlos Eugenio, Taipa

More of the bike ride, this time back over on Taipa on a rather quaint little road that appears to have two names. The first name which seems to apply to the western end of it is Rua Direita Carlos Eugenio but it then morphs into Rua Fernao Mendes Pinto as it travels east.

Anyway, regardless, this road is probably most famous for being the site of the Iec Long Fabrica De Panchoes which I wrote about a good few years ago over on the old blog. It was one of the more interesting places I have talked about, so I transferred the article when I changed blog sites. You can read it here.

I haven't been over in a while so I don't know what the Macau Govt is going to do about the rather large site, but I'm hoping it has/will be renovated rather than redeveloped. If anyone has any more recent information then please let me know ion the comments.

Anyway, here are a couple of the screen caps followed by the Streetview so you can compare the difference of 20+years.

The yellow colour of the wall has sadly faded to white, but at least the Chinese characters that adorn it have aged fairly well. The section of wall in the Streetview is the same one they are riding past in the second picture - you can see the characters match on the wall behind. The wall is actually part of the perimeter of the old firecracker factory.

A few metres further down the road and the couple go past some old buildings. Sadly it looks as though the only survivor these days is the one in the middle directly behind Julia Nickson's head. The two either side have already been demolished, although the side wall of the closest one to camera seems to be still standing.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

China Cry - Julia Nickson (1990) - Avenida da Republica, Macau

Another stop on the whirlwind bike tour of Macau is the Avenida da Republica. In this scene the two stop as a group of Communist soldiers on exercise run past (led by British Chinese actor Philip Tan). The place they stop is actually right in front of where the former Bela Vista Hotel (now the Portuguese Consulate's residence) stands. You can see the hotel's terrace wall on the right had side of the second screen grab.

This was before the extensive reclamation work that created Sai Van and Nam Van lakes from former sea area.

China Cry - Julia Nickson (1990) - Estrada de Cacilhas, Macau

The pair of lovers embark on a bike ride that takes them seemingly all over Macau (though don't forget we are actually still supposed to be in Shanghai). This reminds me of the fact that Macau has stood in for Shanghai on a couple of occasions on this blog previously - for Fist of Fury, Shanghai Surprise and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Anyway, part of this bike ride takes place a few metres away from the location of this post along the road that is more famous for being the location of the Taipa Houses Museum: Estrada de Cacilhas*

The top picture shows that although all the houses along the strip are now nicely restored, it wasn't always the case with the one on the right hand side looking quite unloved. The lower picture is actually from a later scene with Nickson looking over towards what would have been Coloane on the other side of a body of water. These days she would be staring straight into the Cotai Strip.

* This is the one on Taipa, but there is another road of the same name over by Guia Hill on the Macau peninsula.

China Cry - Julia Nickson (1990) - Palácio do Governador, Macau

These days it's the HQ of the Macau Government (Sede do Governo da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau da República Popular da China) but before the 1999 handover to China (two years after Hong Kong's) it was the Palácio do Governador - the official residence of the Macau Governor.

In China Cry it is supposed to be a concert hall where the two protagonists go on their first date to see a classical music performance.

Friday, February 17, 2017

China Cry - Julia Nickson (1990) - Calcada das Chacaras, Macau

A couple of brief scenes supposedly showing the area around the family's compound was actually filmed at the southern end of the Macau peninsula near to Penha Church. The street is a small one not far from the Riviera Hotel called Calcada das Chacaras.

There's been a bit of redevelopment on the hilltop at the back and a lick of paint but it still looks pretty much the same as it was. You can judge for yourself from the following Streetview grab.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

China Cry - Julia Nickson (1990) - Avenida de Carlos da Maia, Taipa

We're up to the top of the hill this time and looking along the small road that runs alongside the Carmel Church. It's called the Avenida de Carlos da Maia and looks pretty much the same on the current Streetview (posted underneath). Although look closely and you'll see that a lot has been done to tidy the area up - shame about the tree not being there though.

The Macau authorities also did a nice job tidying up the Biblioteca opposite the church.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

China Cry - Julia Nickson (1990) - Dra. Laurinda M. Esparteiro Garden, Taipa

Here'sa location that should be familiar to Jackie Chan fans. It's the garden that lies at the bottom of the hill below the Carmel Church in Taipa and has a set of steps running down it that JC athletically jumps down (when he could still do that stuff) and turns around only to find his girlfriend still stuck at the top. Here's a reminder.

In China Cry it's where Julia Nickson is riding along after school and witnesses some Communist brutality against a priest and some nuns. 

This is still one of the more pleasant places to visit in Macau if you get the time and thankfully hasn't changed so much (unlike the view to the south - off camera to the left - which is now chockablock with gaudy tacky resort casinos).

China Cry - Julia Nickson (1990) - Lou Lim Ieoc Garden, Macau

Time for a new film, another one with Russell Wong but this time it's Julia Nickson who takes the lead. She's been on this blog before as Orlanda Ramos in Noble House but this time she takes on the role of real life Christian author, Nora Lam in a retelling of her life in China during the Cultural Revolution.

The majority of this film seems to have been shot in Macau although there are a few Hong Kong locations as well. We start off with one of Macau's most popular filming locations (which we have already seen being used in Tai Pan and Game of Death 1978 but if you are smart then you also follow Andi's blog and will know it featured in a whole bunch of old kung fu films including Drunken Master, Pedicab Driver, Legend of a Fighter etc).

Anyway, in China Cry the property and its lovely garden are supposed the be the Shanghai house where Nora Lam's character lives as a child before being ousted during the Japanese occupation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Various Harbour views

I have a bunch of unidentified location still pending for this film (see my help page) so will finish this one for the time being with a variety of clips in and around the harbour area. If you look closely there are some familiar buildings to be found. For example in the top two pictures you can just make out the Marine Dept Building that was later demolished to make way for what was Vicwood Plaza but is now called Infinitus Plaza. It's on the far left in the lower picture.

In these next pictures we can see a tall building next to the old Central Fire Station. The building was originally the Hang Seng Building (which we saw the front of not so long ago) but was later renamed to the Nexxus Building, and is still around albeit in a vastly updated facade. The fire station was replaced a long time ago and strangely enough is now the site for the newer version of the Hang Seng HQ. Note in front of the fire station is the old vehicular ferry pier.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Sha Chau, Outlying islands

Once at sea, our baddie escapes but not before setting his own junk alight with the heroes inside. We've moved a fair distance from Aberdeen at this point because the burning junk scene was filmed near Tuen Mun in the waters around what is now known as the Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park.

The angle might be a bit confusing but we are actually looking east in the top two screen shots. The triangular island on the left in the top picture is actually nameless but is the northernmost islet in this small cluster around Sha Chau. Sha Chau itself is split into two parts joined by a submerged sandbar. The middle picture shows all the constituent parts of Sha Chau - they look separate but are actually all connected by what looks like a beach or tombolo. I guess this is enough for the responsible people to classify it as a single island.

The lower picture shows the view over towards the north Lantau coastline. The hill on the left of that picture is actually Lantau Peak with Nei Lak Shan the slightly smaller one in front of it.

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Aberdeen, Hong Kong

The main bad guy has a junk tied up in Aberdeen Harbour (don't they all?) so we get some brief scenes of the various boats that were once tied up around the harbour. Aberdeen still has fishing boats of course but not as many as there once was.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Castle Peak Hotel, Siu Lam

So I mentioned in the last post that the film makers cheated a bit with regards to Repulse Bay. The scene below is interlaced with the previous Repulse Bay establishing shots (the wide angle pictures at the beginning of that post) giving the impression that the chaps are staying there. However, we are actually looking at a scene filmed instead on a terrace at the Castle Peak Hotel.

The background in the following shot is the (seemingly nameless) body of water between Lantau Island and the New Territories mainland near to Tuen Mun. The headland in the background with the white building is current location of the Siu Lam Marine Police HQ (the HK Observatory also has a station there now) and the pointy ridge behind that culminates in a place called "Brothers Point" (Tai Lam Kok). The distant hills are actually hills on the eastern part of Lantau Island - Fa Peng Teng and Tai Yam Teng.

The reason for filming here is anybody's guess. The fact that there are later scenes filmed on the driveway of the Repulse Bay Hotel seems to indicate it wasn't down to permission or budget, so maybe the Repulse Bay location just didn't quite fit the script requirements? Answers on a postcard...

Anyway, if anyone remembers this terrace at the Castle Peak Hotel, please feel free to get in touch.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

A fair bit of the story is based around a brother and sister who live in Repulse Bay, however, the film makers cheated a little bit as you will see in the post after this one. In the meantime, here is a nice view of the beach and surrounding area - including the Repulse Bay Hotel - before rampant development.

The camera focuses on the Repulse Bay Towers/Mansions (last seen on this blog in Spiderman) and so we are led t believe - courtesy of the establishing shot - that this is where Drache and his buddy are staying. This is a bit odd because we are later treated to views from within the grounds of the Repulse Bay itself. If you think you recognise the top picture below, you do. But this is proof that that particular shot was indeed filmed for this movie because the camera pans to the right to reveal our heroes.

 And what is that we can see in the background of the lower shot? It's Eucliffe.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Emmanuelle 2 - Sylvia Kristel (1975) - Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Here's one that caused a fair amount of speculation between myself and Thomas, but in the end was solved when Thomas noticed one of my Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong screen grabs showed some of the same shops' signs. So once again thanks to him and his keen eyesight.

Well actually, truth be told, Thomas had already identified this exact location when the screencaps had originally been put up, but it had just slipped my mind to follow up. Here are Thomas's original comments:
I believe it was the last leg of Hennessy Road, opposite present day Hysan Place. I believe all four captures might be in a series along Hennessy Road...
...I may have identified one of the store fronts...See the white on red signage just behind the light pole? That would seemed to be Kam Lung Company (錦龍公司). They sell ready to wear stuffs. If you are able to locate old photos of that same length of Hennessy Road, look for this company. As far as I could recall they were already there in the 1960's...
...Hennessy Road from another angle: Might be able to catch some of the signage, I think.
The following sequence of screen captures was taken in one brief scene where the camera was most likely on a car moving along Hennessy Road towards the west. If you look in each screencap you will see elements of the next one in the distance.

But it was the last screen cap above that appears to show a couple of shops/signs that were also present a decade earlier when Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong was being filmed, including the Kam Lun (錦龍) sign mentioned by Thomas (FYI it's the blue sign with white writing centre-screen in the lower picture). So where was it then? Yup - just where Thomas originally said it was - opposite the current Hysan Place.