Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Noble House (Mini series) - Pierce Brosnan (1988) - The Regent Hotel, Tsim Sha Tsui

What we now know as the rather plush Intercontinental Hotel, used to be called The Regent Hotel and was owned and operated by New World Development (Cheng Yu-tung's company - he also owns the Chow Tai Fook jewellery chain) before being sold off to the Intercontinental Group circa 2001. It was rebranded and has operated as the flagship Intercontinental since then.


Funnily enough, Intercontinental have also just recently sold off the hotel to another owner. But all is not lost for your IC fans because the brand will continue thanks to a deal they struck to retain management of the hotel for at least the next 40 or so years...


In the above picture we are looking back the other way towards Salisbury Road and it's quite interesting to see (if you can just make it out) the old signal tower on Blackhead Point (top right). The grey building beyond the van is the Mariner Club along Middle Road. Suffice to say the open sky at the back is now filled with high-rises.

The two shots above are snipped from Episode 2, but we also return to the hotel during Episode 3 when Dunross goes to meet Brian Kwok, only to find out he is 'indisposed'. So in Epsiode 3 we also get a brief look inside the hotel lobby. From what I can remember of the place it hasn't changed much.

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  1. One of the Jackie Chan films -- I think it might be called Twin Dragons in the US market -- used this same location. With the obligatory Mitsubishi product pavement, like all of Jackie's films. (A brand new first-generation Mitsubishi Sigma, aka the Diamante or Verada in some markets.)

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    1. you could be right, it's a loooong time since I saw that film. However, Dandan also identifies another hotel which may or may not be the one you are referring to: http://hongkongonfilm.blogspot.hk/search/label/The%20Twin%20Dragons

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  2. Ah, now that's interesting. Perhaps my memory has let me down -- I'll have to rewatch it myself. :-)

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