Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Pillow Book - Vivian Wu (1996) - Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Bookworms will rejoice at this post because it features a well-known and long-established (est: 1918) local book sellers called Swindon Books. The store exterior features extensively throughout the film as the shop owned by Wu's Japanese publisher. Here's a selection of shots from various scenes. 

There's also a quick glimpse at the building next door as the binmen come around to pick up the (rather gross) garbage.

And a quick view from one of the upper floors of Anson House (although the store only occupies the first two floors) down onto Lock Road.


  1. Ah, Swindon's -- or as they were commonly called back in the day for their rather steep prices, "Swindler's". Used to love browsing there, and the smell of books in the air.

    1. there are two things I still find confusingly expensive in HK: shoes and books. I have no idea why books are so expensive here, but then again, I'm a bit out of touch with prices elsewhere. I don't think it's any more expensive than other shops these days but has a fairly large selection of stuff.