Sunday, February 21, 2016

Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge - Nicholas Hammond (1979) - Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Various other shots in and around Aberdeen to make up this post. We start off with a decent aerial view of the western end of the harbour with a fair amount of empty space on the Hong Kong side of the water. The lower right looks like it is probably part of the former HK Electric power station that has since been replaced by South Horizons (soon to get its own MTR stop courtesy of the south island extension).

After Spidey takes his fall into the murky Aberdeen Harbour waters, he is rescued and carted off down Cheng Tu Road and into Ka Shing Mansion for his recovery. Ka Shing Mansion is still around but the building we see in the first picture has been replaced by Ping On House. In fact, it looks very much like we are witnessing the imminent demolition of the older building in the upper picture because of all the pavement protection that has been erected. Its replacement was built in 1978 which gives a more accurate reflection of the year the film was shot. Notice that the Tai Pak was sitting directly opposite out in the water.

Ka Shing Mansion

We also catch a glimpse of the next road over, Tung Sing Road, and the thriving street market that it used to host. Actually, this isn't the first time we have seen this market because it made an appearance (at a higher definition) in Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold.


And we finish off with a shot on the harbour itself with the Tai Pak in the background. Sadly no sign of the Sea Palace in this film although I am sure it must have been around.

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  1. Aaah, Nicholas Hammond. After all these years, I still like him best as Friedrich von Trapp in "The Sound of Music"! ;b

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    1. indeed Yvonne. I suspect that may have been the high point of his career. I always wondered why he didn't go on to be a bit more famous because he seemed to have the looks and talent. IMDB also mentions his early role in the classic Lord of the Flies. I watched him a while back in Black Cobra 2 with Fred "That Man Bolt" Williamson.

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