Monday, November 21, 2016

Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine - Jean-Paul Belmondo (1965) - Tai Tam Road, Stanley

After starting its perilous descent of Wanchai Gap Road (as seen in the last picture of the last thread) the bed suddenly enters a space/time wormhole and appears on the long sloping driveway of a large mansion in Tai Tam called Longview. It then continues onto to Tai Tam Road at the bottom of the driveway.

This is a bit of a bonus for Bruce Lee fans because the lower screencap below shows a brief glimpse of the property opposite the driveway's entrance. What you can see is the terraced tennis courts of Palm Villa - made famous as the location for the tournament scenes in Enter the Dragon.

Driveway to Longview 
Palm Villa estate across the road

If you want to read my (perhaps overlong and a bit too enthusiastic) post on Palm Villa you can click here. Of course both Longview (whose driveway the bed just zipped down) and Palm Villa were part of the M.W Lo property portfolio.

In terms of what is visible in this film, it's a very brief moment but you can just about see the lowest tennis court at the bottom left behind the large tree. The more eagle-eyed of you may be able to make out the circular building poking out from the hedge at the right hand side. If you read the post I just linked to you'll find out it was an outside toilet and served as Ahna Capri's and Bruce Lee's (shared) dressing room during filming. The last time I was in that area, it was still there despite everything around it being redeveloped. The tennis courts are now the "Pacific View" development.

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