Sunday, December 4, 2016

Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine - Jean-Paul Belmondo (1965) - Hollywood Road Park, Sheung Wan

Until some of the more obscure locations are identified, I shall leave Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine with this final post, again identified by Thomas, that was seemingly filmed in the precursor to what is now Hollywood Road Park.

The space has history dating back to the very original arrival of the British because it was the site of Possession Point - where a flag raising ceremony took place and formal possession was taken of HK Island. It's an historical event still marked by the name of Possession Street an adjacent thoroughfare that connects Hollywood Road with Queen's Road. Before it became the park the area was a Tai Tat Dei (Chinese: 大笪地) a sort of open market place where hawkers sold all kinds of stuff and often called a "poor man's nightclub".


At the moment I'm not aware of the layout of the place but if you follow the link (supplied by Thomas): https://sc-whybother.blogspot.hk/2014/03/blog-post_8.html and scroll to the bottom, you'll see some old pictures of the area (as well as a screen grab from this very same film). It looked like there was two circular concrete kiosks and a few single-storey concrete huts. A closer look at the layout (and perhaps better placing these grabs) will have to wait until I can find some more helpful pictures.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Phil,

    All those signages shown in the first capture are the names of Fortune Tellers. By the looks of laundry hanging above the entrance some of them actually lived there.

    The signages in the second capture are business names while three of them appeared to be photo studios.


    T

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    1. Thanks T - a big mix of various types of business then. Sounds like a nice place to hang out - I wonder if there are any modern day alternatives? It seems to me that modern HK Govt is far too uptight to allow this sort of thing anymore.

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  2. Hi Phil,

    From the URL I quoted, there used to be some eataly establishments there as well. Some of the businesses now seen might just be mobile hawkers (probably illegal) of all and any kind.

    T

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