Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Taxi Driver - David Chiang (1975) - Devon Road, Kowloon Tong

A bit of a change as I delve into this film from 1975 which, by virtue of its taxi-centric nature, is revealing much about the landscape of 1975 Hong Kong. The basic premise is David Chiang as a taxi driver for "The Blue Taxicabs Ltd" company (a real taxi company) who is also an expert in kung fu and is on the right side of virtue (in other words it's pretty much all the other characters he has played but in a taxi environment). Lots of places to see, some of which I have been able to identify and some are real stumpers. I like a challenge.

But anyway, let's kick off this film with a couple of shots from Devon Road in Kowloon Tong. This one was identified by the wall of "Air House" the former residence of the Air Commander in HK. Judging from the screen shot it still has the same paint work now as it did in 1975. The background is interesting because it shows us what was there before the Mormons (or whatever silly religious group it is) built their buildings along Cornwall Street at the back. Anyway, here are the shots...

So here is Mr Chiang himself driving the taxi up Devon Road and as he pulls in to pick up the couple at the side of the road we can see the two-tone wall to their back. Look at the shot below and you'll see the wall hasn't changed a single bit - still the same two-tone paint job. The place is now known as 1a Cornwall St but under British rule was nicknamed Air House. I did take some shots of the place for my other blog a while back which you can see here.

As mentioned, there are newer buildings at the back (along the north side of Cornwall Street), but it's interesting to note that the pink and white wall on the left above (also seen in the film grabs) also houses one of the Kowloon Tong Estate's original houses. I will try and grab a picky of this place at some point because I am here almost every day as I catch my shuttle bus back home.

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