Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sunset - Paul Chin Pei (1971) - Gloucester Road, Hong Kong

Another interesting background location I found after re-watching Sunset is the scene when the two stars go on a boat trip and have a bit of a heart to heart. The start of the sequence shows a junk riding through Victoria Harbour. Look closely at the background though and you can see the buildings along Gloucester Road when it occupied prime waterfront.


Two buildings stand out, the first one is the Rediffusion one on the left. It stood at 77-79 Gloucester Road (now the Fortis Tower Building). But to the right is the Luk Kwok Hotel with the SANYO sign on the roof. This is the same place that gave Richard mason inspiration for his seedy Nam Kok Hotel in his novel The World of Suzie Wong. The Luk Kwok Hotel still sits in the same place today but it is modern replacement, rebuilt in the late 80's.

There is a similar, though earlier, picture of this view on Gwulo.com.

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