Monday, April 17, 2017

Heisser Hafen Hongkong - Horst Frank (1962) - Kai Tak Airport, Kowloon City

Some nice shots of the airport from this film. In the initial shot we are being told that this plane is leaving Tokyo bound for Hong Kong, but as you can see they just filmed a plane taking off at kai Tak and then another one coming in to land. The landing shot is interesting because it's got a not often used angle from a camera placed between the runway and Kowloon City to capture the plane swooping over the tops of the buildings.

Taking off from Tokyo? No.
The actor with Horst Frank is Tien Feng. A very famous HK actor

I would leave it there, but there is another bunch of screencaps taking in other parts of the airport worth seeing. The following shot shows us looking back towards Checkboard Hill. You can just make out the checkerboard immediately above the guy's head. But what I didn't know is that the hill also used to have a spinning radar dish on top. You can see it just above and right of the checkerboard.


There's also this brief shot of the old Dairy Farm Aircraft Caterers building in the background. I'm not sure where this used to stand before the terminal was rebuilt, but it might be of interest to anyone who was around at the time.


And finally a look towards Beacon Hill at the far end of the Kowloon mountain range. In the mid distance is a housing estate that I'm not sure what it was called but it seems to correspond to where I think the old Lo Fu Ngam Resettlement Area was, but I'm not sure as I thought that was further back, so if anyone can clue me in please feel free to leave a comment. From this angle it looks as though Checkerboard Hill is largely hidden behind the conical hill that holds the Chinese Christian Cemetery.

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