Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Million Eyes of Sumuru - George Nader (1967) - Repulse Bay Hotel, Repulse Bay

The next quick, but reversed, shot is a glimpse from the garden terrace of the Repulse Bay Hotel. Here is the image as it appears in the film.


But the eagle-eyed of you might have noticed the small chain of islets sticking out from the headland at the back with Tau Chau (the largest) just above the post on the right of the screen. The problem is this small group of rocks is actually on the east side of the bay, not the west, so this is how it should have looked.
 

Of course the hotel was demolished and rebuilt (in reduced scale) by the HK and Shanghai Hotels group (owned by the Kadoorie family) but it looks as though the terrace and, in particular, this wall escaped the redevelopment. There is certainly a wall that fronts the locations terrace above Repulse Bay Road that looks exactly the same as this but I don't know enough to say whether or not it is the original one. I hope it is.

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