Sunday, November 19, 2017

Battleship - Taylor Kitsch (2012) - Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

A bit of a weird entry I must admit, and I am still trying to fathom why Hong Kong even features on this film at all given that most of the action is set in and around the Hawaiian island chain. The film is basically about aliens invading Earth after responding to a deep space message from the human race. The HK connection arises from their journey to Earth when one of their ships hits a satellite and breaks apart with a massive chunk flying in and hitting Hong Kong.I can only think the film was aiming to have some appeal to Chinese audiences and destroying a city on the Mainland (such as Beijing or Shanghai) would probably have not made it past Chinese censors...but I'm just guessing.

Anyway, we start with a couple of establishing shots filmed around the harbour area. First a view of the Wanchai waterfront with the Convention Centre on the left. The second angle (third image) was taken mush further to the west with one of the Shun Tak Centre towers in view.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Medallion - Jackie Chan (2003) - HMS Tamar, Central

Okay, I'm being a bit cheeky by referring to this place by its former Colonial name. HMS Tamar was the naval base located at the Central harbourfront. These days though it is known as Central Barracks.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Medallion - Jackie Chan (2003) - Tsing Yi, New Territories

There's a helicopter sequence that starts off flying over the Ma Wan Channel with Tsing Yi Island at the bottom and the unmistakable shape of the Tsing Ma Bridge below.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Medallion - Jackie Chan (2003) - Wing Lok Street, Central

Well, okay, not quite Wing Lok Street but basically the open space that sits between Cosco Tower and Grand Millennium Plaza.

The cafe where Chan is served by Edison Chen and Nicholas Tse looks as though it is the place at the bottom of Grand Millennium Plaza, but I'm not 100% sure. It seems to make sense though given the location of the opening shot.

Heisser Hafen Hongkong - Horst Frank (1962) - Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui

Here's another find by the master of obscure places, Thomas. I had been asking about this funny looking road and Thomas came back to me with Kimberley Street as the likely culprit. On further investigation it turns out he was spot on again. This is pretty good going seeing as this film is 55 years old (as of 2017).


On the left, just before the kink in the road are some rather interesting window shades that have tapered uprights running up the side of the window opening. Some of these still exist today on a 1953-constructed building marked as #22. Although the main portion of this block was demolished, and now the Kimberley Hotel occupies the space, number 22 is a partial remnant of this once larger block and still has the distinct tapered window shades. If you look beyond the road there is a large white building that I believe is South Sea Mansions. It's still around and was built the same year this film was made, so I'm wondering if I can still detect some scaffolding on the exterior?

Anyway, once again a big thanks to Thomas.

If anyone has any memories of "Lily's Garden" or any other bar around there, feel free to leave a comment.

The Medallion - Jackie Chan (2003) - Kam Sheung Road, Pat Heung

There is a scene, an establishing shot, that is intended to make us think the Kwun Yam Temple is far out in the sticks. Well, we already know it is actually slap bang in the middle of Hung Hom, but this particular stretch of road can be identified by the village "pai lau" at the side of the road. It says - reading right to left - Yuen Kong Tsuen (Yuen Kong Village) and is located in the Pat Heung area of Yuen Long district. Why was this place filmed at as opposed to any other? I haven't got the foggiest idea.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Medallion - Jackie Chan (2003) - Station Lane, Hung Hom

The temple where the police/Interpol raid takes place is a Kwun Yam Temple in Hung Hom, on Station Lane to be precise. The film makers managed to get the street so clean that it almost looks like a film set. The pawnshop sign is a real one, but is looking a bit worse for wear these days.

I have to say that this raid scene is one of the most annoying ever made as Lee Evans' character essentially goes through the same gag about 5 times, each time less amusing than the previous one. So whoever wrote that part of the script should be taken out and shot.


The actor who plays the female undercover cop is Diana Weng, who is probably more famous for her role on multiple JC films as his English dialogue coach!

Diana Weng

The later scenes, when the bad guys make their escape, were filmed in the alleyway at the back of the temple, and the shot of the car coming out onto the road was around the corner, on Gillies Avenue South, next to what was the old Hung Hom Govt School campus (pink building, bottom photo) which was since taken over by Kowloon Junior School and looks to be currently occupied by the French International School.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Medallion - Jackie Chan (2003) - Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok

I found this one a bit too late to go into the original Soy Street post, but actually, the area of Fa Yuen Street where the police truck pulls out into the road is just a little way down from the junction with Soy Street.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Medallion - Jackie Chan (2003) - Soy Street, Mongkok

Quickly moving on to the proper location stuff and the main scene with JC trying to eat some fried squid was shot at the junction of Soy Street and Fa Yuen Street in Mongkok. One of the reasons I recognise this corner is because of the TCBY sign in the background - it was still there when I arrived full time in HK back in 2006. It disappeared soon after, mind you, along with all the other outlets - much to everyone's disappointment.

The small eatery where JC is feeding the dog was on the NW corner of the junction but has since been replaced by a 7-11 - or at least it was when the Streetview car passed by.

 Now a 7-11
JC then runs across Soy Street between passing cars. The shop in the lower picture was on the SW side of the junction. Also no longer there.

The Medallion - Jackie Chan (2003) - Nathan Road Neon, Kowloon

Let's start off The Medallion with some opening shots of neon signs. These are all part of the opening sequence that leads up to the raid (by Interpol) on a temple in Hong Kong. It's a jumble of establishing shots but most are a bit too blurry to work out.

I have mixed feelings about this film because on the one hand it really is crap. But on the other hand there are lots of familiar faces (including Jude Poyer, Scott Adkins, Brad Allen, and even a personal friend of mine who was in Ireland when they were filming and can be seen in the chase scene from the hotel) and we also get to see Christy Chung blowing bad guys away. 'Nuff said.

This first post is a bit lame because it's just a couple of the opening shots featuring some neon snapped at various points along Nathan Road. I'm all for sharing a bit of neon on this page - especially considering it is now a dying art form. The first image is from a business that was located in the Sun Hing Building in Mongkok (you can just see the building name in the blue characters). Pity I couldn't get a clearer snap.


This next strip of neon was taken a bit further south, down in the Yau Ma Tei area of Kowloon. The Windsor Palace Hotel sign tells us is was snapped outside the Buckingham Building between Ningpo and Nanking Streets.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

I Spy (TV Series) - Robert Culp (1965) - Stone Bridge, Tai Po

Here's a long lost one that, I think at the time, I wasn't sure of the location and so didn't post it. Anyway, here we are four years later and the rough position of the bridge (if not the exact one) has been narrowed down fairly well courtesy of a bunch of other pictures that show some more of the background. If you're interested you can see them over on Gwulo.

Rush Hour - Jackie Chan (1998) - Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, Hong Kong

The initial part of Rush Hour is set in the immediate run up to the Hong Kong handover in 1997, so it's not surprising that one of the shots from the opening sequence shows us the newly completed extension to the Convention Centre, which was the venue for the Handover proceedings. That's it, centre-screen of the top picture.

The rest of the Hong Kong sequence involves the raid on a ship berthed in the typhoon shelter in Causeway Bay. It's the same location that Ratner would return to to film to yacht scene in Rush Hour 2.


There's also another angle of this area in this main opening. It's the area between the Convention Centre and the typhoon shelter but for some reason shot from further away. You can see the SIEMENS and HITACHI signs attached to the Great Eagle and Harbour Centres.

Rush Hour - Jackie Chan (1998) - The Peak, Hong Kong

Just clearing out a few films with some limited Hong Kong scenes in them, the first of which is Rush Hour

I remember seeing an interview with Brett Ratner where he made a big thing about being a huge Enter the Dragon fan and filming this opening scene from the exact same place as the opening scene in that film. Sorry to break it to you, Brett, but you were way off. This sequence looks like it was shot from the top of the Peak Tower. Whereas those who read this blog will know that the Enter the Dragon opening sequence (reused for Golden Needles) was filmed way over on Peak Road near to the junction with Stubbs Road - around 2 km away to the east, as the crow flies.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kill a Dragon - Jack Palance (1967) - Aberdeen Dockyard, Aberdeen

If you want to see what the old Aberdeen Dockyard looked like then Gwulo is a good place to start. It looks as though it survived until the early 70's - so not long after this film was made - before falling victim to the usual rounds of reclamation. The Aberdeen Centre now sits on the same site. The dockyard had two dry docks and you can see them both (albeit partially) in the screen grabs.

Kill a Dragon - Jack Palance (1967) - Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun

The sequence when Aldo Ray and Jack Palance are sitting in the back of the truck and chatting was filmed along Queen's Road West just at the part before it meets Centre Street. In fact, the whole sequence also involves the truck turning down Centre Street before we hit and edit point and see the truck go past from an external angle.

Look carefully and you may spot some similar shop frontages that were also seen in The Last Grenade (and identified by Thomas at the time).

 Queen's Road West
Turning into Centre Street
Centre Street

And the final picture showing us looking up Centre Street.