Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Taxi Driver - David Chiang (1975) - Diocesan Boys' School Playing Fields, Mongkok

Another ID with thanks to Neil Macdonald. A scene where David Chiang is exercising with his buddies in what looks like a local sports ground. It turns out this was actually filmed in the rather extensive grounds of the Diocesan Boys' School just off Argyle Street on Kadoorie Hill. The school is one of the top ones in HK and as such people tend to sell their grandmothers just for the chance of getting their feet in the door, in reality though the school has a proud history (it has turned out some notable alumni) - scarred by events during the Japanese Occupation when it was used as a military hospital as well as for munitions storage. There are also rumours that the school swimming pool was used for executions.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Phil --

    Did the DBS playing fields feature in "Echoes of the Rainbow" too?

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    1. Hi Yvonne
      Actually I haven't seen the film so can't say one way or the other. I guess it's possible.
      Phil

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  2. It's interesting how these rumors go around. Would love to know the truth behind them. My secondary school in HK (KGV in Ho Man Tin) was also rumored to have been a military hospital during WWII, and rumored to have played host to executions. There was a story amongst the kids that people had seen the ghost of somebody who was hanged, I believe in one of the science rooms in the Old Block. Utter tosh, of course, but I'd love to know if KGV was actually a hospital, or actually had executions take place.

    Schools turned executing hospitals can't have been as prevalent as kids stories would have them, surely!

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    1. I'm sure that many of these older war/pre-war buildings do have many a sad and horrific story to tell. Much could be rumour, but given the brutality of the Japanese occupiers, much is probably also true.

      I'll keep my eyes open for KGV info and let you know as and when I find anything.

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