Thursday, January 1, 2015

Yellowthread Street (TV Series) - Bruce Payne (1990) - Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long

To go and seek advice on the rogue Red Pole (a Red Pole is the Triad equivalent of an enforcer), Brady goes to see and old friend in Nam Sang Wai. Nam Sang Wai is an area north of Yuen Long New Twon that still houses many, quite attractive, fish ponds. We've been here before on this blog when we were looking at Danny Lee's River of Fury.

It's quite difficult to ascertain the exact point where Brady (Mark McGann) is simply because the area doesn't have too many identifiable landmarks, however, the following picture gives us a slight clue because it contains some of the buildings that can still be found on the nearby Tung Tau Industrial Estate. The building to the left of Brady is the Hung Wai Industrial Building. If you look closely it seems to be empty, this could be because it was newly built in 1988 (I'm still unsure if the filming of this series occurred in 1989 or 1990).

The next shot shows us a wider angle of the same direction with a nearer building partially obscured by the panel at the end of the wooden platform. This building is also still around and sits on the northern limit of the industrial estate. It's the Mansfield Industrial Centre, also completed 1988 which makes me think 1988 was perhaps the year when the estate was itself finally up and running.

Anyway, if we take a rough approximation of the buildings and work backwards we can kind of see the area where the filming took place. It's near a small hamlet called Chung Hau Yu Man San Tsuen (涌口漁民新村). Sadly Streetview doesn't venture into that part of the area so I have instead marked it on the location link at the bottom of the post. In the meantime we will have to make do with a Streetview grab from a short distance away in Shan Pui Village. As you can see it's not too far away from where the film camera was positioned for the lower shot.

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