Thursday, January 12, 2017

L'Inconnue de Hong Kong - Dalida (1963) - Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon City

Another great find thanks to Thomas. I was curious to find out where the following corner shophouse was located. It is briefly glimpsed in the film as the two women are catching a taxi ride from the airport back to their intended place of work. It's a brief glimpse that lasts only a couple of seconds. here is a couple of screen grabs.


Of particular interest for me was this rather elegant corner building with its open balconies. Anyway, it turns out there was enough information on screen to make a positive identification - largely courtesy of the building just to the left of the lamp post in the first picture.

Thomas was able to identify the place as a branch of the Liu Chong Hing Bank (廖創興銀行). It's not easy to see but the English name is also evident on the building as is the words "Kowloon City Branch". With this in mind Thomas asked a friend who lived there if he knew anything. Luckily his friend's mother-in-law remember the shop next to the bank. Thomas highlighted it below on another screencap.



The shop was called 煥更陳 and was along Prince Edward Road West near the junction with Nam Kok Road in Kowloon City. What a great find, but what is perhaps even more astonishing is that the building containing the aforementioned shop is still around. And what's more, it still has the same square patterned window frames! Here is the Streetview,


Sadly the corner building with the "Amoy" sign on it has now gone - but part of it was still in-situ until only just recently as you can see in the Streetview picture. Although the corner section of the block was demolished some time ago (around 1966) the section immediately next to it remained. Chow Tai Fook were the last company in there and you can see their shop in the Streetview picture above. Below is a closeup showing how the newer corner section (left side) was separated from the older bit on the right.


At the top of the right hand section you can see that the art deco/ziggurat style roof decoration (you can see it in the black and white screencaps) was left up there - albeit chopped in half when they demolished the corner section to the left. Sadly, as confirmed by Thomas who visited the site the other day, the whole block has now been demolished and is being replaced by a high rise.

So anyway, a very big thank you to Thomas who has, once again, gone above and beyond the call of duty to track this one down. 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Phil,

    The honour should go to Mr & Mrs Chan, as well as Mrs Yeung as it was them who identified the 陳更煥 store.

    T

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    1. Thanks Thomas, you're absolutely correct. Many thanks to them as well. Cheers, Phil

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  2. Great find indeed. I've remembered from a visit to an exhibition on HK jewellery businesses at the Cultural Museum a few years ago, saying that the Chow Tai Fook branch there was one of their earliest shops in HK. They even had a model of the building shown at that exhibition. Maybe they owned the whole building, as the building other than the shop level had been vacant for many years, even though the building is well maintained.

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    1. Hi Arthur, i remember seeing an article about the place not so long ago...it may have even been a collection of photos on FLICKR, but I can't seem to track it down. I'll post a link if i gind it. Cheers, Phil

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