For Budding Sleuths...

Well, here we are, a collection of images from all the films I have looked at that so far elude my immensely impressive powers of deduction...hehe ;-)

So let's start from...erm nowhere in particular, but I will group them by film to make it easier for everyone. I'll start with two films from the 70's and see how we get on. No prizes for getting it right (sadly) but a nice acknowledgement and the satisfaction that you can do this kind of challenge. Guesses are also welcome, but firm positive ID is what is needed.

A Queen's Ransom (1976)

Now, I understand that the Queen included Morse Park in her visit, but does anyone recognise this as being there?


How about this carpark?


The film finale takes place near a large river mouth that has this white wooden bridge spanning it. Any ideas?


And here is the "other" house that I mentioned in the posts. this place combined with the garden of 41 Cumberland Road make up the baddies' hideout.


Club New World anyone?


Heisser Hafen Hongkong (1962)

Does anyone remember this place?


Weiße Fracht für Hongkong (1963)

Plenty of places to find in this film. First up is this ship yard. Other images suggest it was somewhere near the current Gold Coast development, but does anyone know the exact position?



How about some flashy neon. It's always nice to see this sort of stuff as it is very much a dying art in HK.


I can't figure out quite what this next one is. It looks like some sort of wide pillared pavilion, but actually I suspect it is just the podium car park level of a residential development. Does anyone recognise it?


Finally, this old house - no doubt long gone by now - looks as though it may have been somewhere around 53 Stubbs Road where the new Frank Gehry "Opus" now stands. Does anyone recognise the garden terrace or perhaps can point me in the direction of an old photo so I can compare the garden wall?


China Cry (1990)

I just remembered that I also have some outstanding locations to find for China Cry, so here they are. As far as I know this film was made almost exclusively in HK and Macau, so I'm hoping these locations are also easy for someone to recognise.

First up is the university where the main characters first meet. It's a significant size place with brown brick and what looks like art deco styling.


Next up is a very small glimpse of an art deco apartment block. Could be HK or Macau. Does anyone recognise the exterior and the wrought iron gate?


Next up is the walled compound where the Japanese are based. To be honest, their is something not quite right about this place so it could easily be a studio construction, but I'm still hopeful it was a real place.


And finally, the open stretch of sandy land where our characters make a run for freedom to the border of HK. I think this is HK somewhere but am unsure where...perhaps near Chi Ma Wan on Lantau?


Foxbat (1977)

First of the mysteries from Foxbat is the location of the fashion designers house. The shot from the window may or may not be from the same property, but even if it isn't it would be handy to know where it was. Remember, in the film the actors drive up the slope on Craigmin Road to get to the house - but I'm not sure if that is a typical movie red herring. Nice house anyway.


Not so important the next one, and the picture quality isn't really good enough, but perhaps someone recognises the light set up of the place at the back.


And finally some shots from the famous car chase. I suspect most contain buildings that have long gone, but you never know. The car chase was reasonably accurate with its location chronology, so it's possible these places are around the Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan areas etc


Shirley's World (1972)

A few left over locations from the various episodes filmed in HK.


The last one is a tailor shop called "Leung Yin" ( 梁然高等洋服有限公司). I found a business entry online but no luck with the address, does anyone remember the location with its very distinctive facade?

Ein Sarg aus Hongkong (1964)

There's a whole bunch of shots from this film that I am having trouble placing. Please comment if you can help.

Mongkok or Yau Ma Tei or ...?
Wall on one side - perhaps west side of Austin Road?
Perhaps Mt Butler Road, what about the building?
Jardine's Lookout?
A reservoir for sure, but which one?

Shadow of China (1989)

I'm a bit stuck on this rather nice old house - painted black and white back in 1989. I expect it to have been redeveloped by now but perhaps someone can remember where it was?


L'Inconnue de Hong Kong (1963)

Some mysteries still to be found out in this very stylish French thriller. Including this place. A brief glimpse at a Govt housing estate. The angled layout of the buildings makes me think it might be the old lower Wong Tai Sin estate. Does anyone know better?


The Yin and Yang of Mr Go (1970)

Does anyone know where this building was once? The Chinese characters on the front wall say "Tokyo Bank". I'm assuming it was filmed in HK.


Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (1965)

Some real stumpers to be had in this film, compounded by the length of time that has passed since it was made (50+ years).

The following car scenes were snipped from the beginning just before Belmondo crashes the car into the sea off Cape Collinson.


And from a prison sequence is this place. Arthur reckons (see comment below) this is the old compound (i.e. current atrium) at the Museum of Coastal Defense and I am inclined to agree, however, will head over personally before striking this one off the list. 


Blackhat (2015)

The development where Wang Leehom lives. A white tiled building with metal columns near the lobby and the potential address of 54 - 56 somewhere or other.


The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967)

Some scenes from the hustle and bustle of Kowloon. The following shot has a sign. It say's Portland St but which particular section?


A quick run across a gap between buildings. Perhaps still part of a rest area or similar?


and finally a covered pavement. But maybe the building in the background with what looks like a fairly ornate front door portico can help identify where it was.


Hong Kong 97 (1994)

Here is an early 90's outlet of the famous dessert shop, Hui Lau Shan. But where was this particular outlet?  The building was a curvy one and there was a green tiled awning above the shop.


The Last Grenade (1970)

I'm curious about this place. I thought it must be one of the ex-British Barracks in Hong Kong, but which one? RAF Sek Kong?


Some street scenes on the drive from the airport (but looks like HK Island to me).


Actually, the bottom picture has a street sign in it, but the definition is too low to make out properly. Any suggestions welcome.

And finally a rural road that has me flummoxed. Does anyone recognise the ridge at the back?


Five Golden Dragons (1967)

The following pictures show a pool in what is supposed to be the Hilton, but its proximity to the nearby hillside and foliage tells me otherwise. Does anyone recognise the locations - perhaps a private pool in an estate somewhere?


Kung Fu Killers (1974)

The doc starts in the garden of a rather large property with Fei Ngo Shan in the background (top picture). Thanks to Arthur, the tower at the back of the second picture looks to be one that is still standing at the Pakistani Club in Ho Man Tin, but I was hoping someone would be able to give the exact location of the lawn. Perhaps part of the Filipino Club, or Club de Recreio?


Perhaps Lung Cheung Road? But which part?
Wong Tai Sin?

Some in Macau now. Please let me know if you recognise any of them.


I think the latter is along the inner harbour waterfront?

Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)

Here are a few of the places I am having trouble with. Please feel free to offer suggestions.

Does anyone recognise the ornate front?

Shatter (1974)

Despite the fact that I have managed to squeeze a good few spots from this film there are still many more that elude my detection, so I am hoping there is someone out there who can help. Here they are:

 A couple of street markets
 NT somewhere - does anyone recognise that rather striking wall and gateway?
This is supposed to be Macau. Top picture looks like the peninsula nr the old pier.
 But was the second picture taken at the ferry piers?
This final fight scene was filmed at a real hotel coffee bar - but which one?
Does anyone recognise the wooden inscribed pillars or the mural?
 The rather nasty comeuppance of the bad guys. Perhaps a hotel?

Emmanuelle 2 (1975)

Shown on-film as the Royal Hong Kong Polo Club,
but I have no idea where this was.
A brothel in the film, but what was it in reality?

Roaring Fire (1982)


Wah Tung is a real place selling Chinese ornamental ceramics. But where was the shop in 1982? Not at either of the current (two) locations, I think.

Various street scenes. But where?


How about this ageing terrace?


The Private Eyes - Hui Bros (1976)

 Rural hairdressers
 Country road
 The building where their offices are

Bruce Lee & I - Betty Ting Pei (1976)

Betty's rural school

Clearwater Bay?
Real cinema lobby? If so, which one?

83 comments:

  1. Entirely not a breakthrough here, but I figured I'd at least save somebody trying the same thing as me. I've kept coming back to Tokyo Night Bar, or Tokyo Night Inn as it's visible in the first screenshot here:

    http://hongkongandmacaufilmstuff.blogspot.com/2013/10/i-spy-bill-cosby-1965-neon-montage.html

    Specifically, the characters in the window. I don't read any Asian languages, but I can occasionally fumble my way around by looking for similar characters, trying to copy the characters in a translation app, etc. But the last three characters in the window just looked wrong to me -- too simple.

    And then I realized why. They're not in Chinese, they're in Japanese. Which of course makes perfect sense, given the name of the bar.

    And guess what -- it's right. The characters are 東京ナイト, which Google reliably informs me translates to "Tokyo Night". Which got me absolutely nowhere.

    It does suggest to me that the bar was probably real, though. If an American crew was going to fake the name of the bar, I really don't see them taking the time to fake the characters their own viewers wouldn't be able to read -- and especially not to fake them in Japanese for a show set in Hong Kong.

    So my money is on the bar being real -- but where it is, who knows. I've tried everything I can think of. There's nothing in the Companies Registry starting with Tokyo Night, nor does there seem to be anything for its Chinese or Japanese equivalents. Google Books has nothing by either the English, Chinese, or Japanese names. And Google has robbed me of archive search for news, so I can't find anything in old newspapers, either.

    Sadly, I have to give up this one here. Tokyo Night Inn, you are still beyond my reach -- at least, for now.

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    1. I'm impressed by the effort though gweilo8888. I'm sure it will turn up on FLICKR one day :-) It could be it was just a very fleeting opening. You never know though, someone may stumble here one day and be able to recognise it.

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  2. Thanks, Phil! I think our best bet is probably either an old AOA guide book, or one of these folks who collects old matchbooks and other memorabilia from Hong Kong bars. That or spotting it in the background of a photo by chance.

    I did try searching for both on Google and Ebay, but didn't turn anything up this time. I've got an Ebay watchlist on HK matchbooks now, though, so maybe I'll spot one as it goes by some day.

    And of course, we've got the name here in English (both variants) and Japanese, in case anybody happens to be feeling nostalgic and Googles it. (That was quite intentional on my part!) ;-)

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  3. Hi Phil,

    For photo vlcsnap-2015-01-12-10h31m03s132.jpg, could it be staged? As far as I could recall, Hong Kong didn't seem to have any of those passenger tricycles. Or, could that be somewhere in Macau instead?

    T

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    1. most definitely staged for the viewers, but I still think the location is a real one in HK rather than Macau, simply because of the road sign. It's not beyond feasibility that the building had a special coat of red paint just for this scene seeing as it is supposed to be a bordello.

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  4. Hi Phil,

    For photo vlcsnap-2015-01-13-12h35m56s129.jpg, there are lots of clues captured in the frame:

    1. Neon sign of the now disolved Hang Lung Bank;
    2. The Neon sign of the Britainia Jeans store;
    3. The street has four lanes, two way traffic, with a high fence and light poles in the middle;
    4. A Pawn Shop sign is also in the frame. I could not make out its name or we might have got the location already;

    T

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  5. Hi Phil,

    The street market scenes of Shatter would likely to be around the Mongkok area. Tried Canton Road but was unable to match any signage. Some of the older buildings still exist today so maybe a walk along Canton might be helpful.

    Sections of Canton Road are still lined with those Pai Dongs today.

    T

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    1. cheers Thomas, I'll keep an eye out for that area.

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  6. Hi Phil,

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ds8xJESj0xo/VZvS5oTjuBI/AAAAAAAAKxU/xEN4UbgoTwY/s1600/vlcsnap-2014-11-22-23h01m57s82.jpg <--- could the pass at the far right be the highest point of old Clear Water Bay Road? Also there seem to be some low rise housing at the vanishing point of the road. That might have been Choi Hung Estate, which is old enough. I couldn't make out the white building though.

    My 2 cents,
    T

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    1. Thomas - I believe it is, but I am still trying to place the excavation taking place on the left of the screen - could be one of the now missing Kowloon hillocks. But I can't seem to find any major roads that line up with the angle I a,m toying with. It makes me think I may have to orientate morth north facing? But I'm not sure...
      Phil

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  7. Hi Phil,

    I think the photo did show the original Lung Cheung Road based on it was two lanes on each direction. It had been widened in the mid 1990s so the current Google Map/Street View did not match.

    The Hillock you mentioned in the photo was probably part of the original Diamond Hill settlements.

    I will try to send you a photo taken from the Hong Kong in Old Times (A collection of Aerial Photos taken in 1964) later. In that page the second of Lung Cheung Road between Ngau Chi Wan and Wong Tai Sin does not exist.

    T

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  8. Hi Phil,

    I believe the original Lung Cheung Road between Ngau Chi Wan and Wong Tai Sin was not as straight as the expanded version today. Back then it was following the contour of the slope on the then Diamond Hill. That was why the screen capture showed a slight bend. The bend was eliminated when they further clipped the slopes and widened Lung Cheung Road.

    I cannot tell exactly where the camera was located, but if you trust your eyes and try to trace the contour on Diamond Hill, you should be able to come up with an area a bit beyond the western bounder of the barracks.

    Unfortunately I do not have any old maps of the area around. Might have to go to the Central Library for it.

    T

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  9. For frame grabs 38 and 39, I've found books dating to 1986 and 1989 that list Wah Tung China as having a showroom at "Cat Street Galleries, 38 Lok Ku Road, Central".

    Although the distant builds behind the sign in frame grab 39 look different, their angle to the camera if you put Cat Street Galleries on your left is much the same.

    Lok Ku Road slopes downhill right about the current entrance of Cat Street Galleries, so I'd say this would have to be the right-hand end of the building as you face it. (Probably about where you see a store with "Arts & Crafts and Antiques" in the windows today.)

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    1. This one is a possible but I'm not sure as I have another screen grab that shows a little of the area to the right (where you mention) and there is no evidence of the stair that I can see on Streetview. But I shall take a deeper look and see if there is anything else that looks familiar. Many thanks

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    2. Fingers crossed we can solve it -- maybe throw the other screen grab up here, too?

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    3. I can't post pictures in comments so have sent it to you by other means ;-)

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  10. Hi Phil,

    For this (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-U06oR3d7HGM/VZvSIEASInI/AAAAAAAAKwk/ZhAUmIVVyH4/s400/vlcsnap-2014-11-22-21h40m17s248.jpg) and the next I wonder if it was one of those clubs in King's Park

    T

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    1. Hi Thomas, you could be right, but I was under the impression that this place was much further east and south. However, it' a starting point so I'll look into it. Cheers, Phil

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    2. Hi Phil,

      In the screen captures there was a well maintained lawn. Maybe some private schools? Maybe KGV near Tin Kwong Road before the new buildings was built? But I'm not familiar with that area.......

      T

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    3. I believe gweilo8888 is an KGV alumni, so I would have thought if it was there he would have recognised something. But you never know...

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  11. Hi Phil,
    It look vaguely like the field of the old British Military Hospital, which is now the King's Park Sports Ground of the Hong Kong Rugby Union. http://www.kingspark.com.hk/#!contact/c2q4
    The building with an arch at the back maybe the Pakistan Sports Club. Not very sure though.

    AY

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    1. Hi Arthur - good call about the arch at the back - the Pakistan Recreation Club does still have a structure that is similar. However, the way it faces makes me think the military ground is slightly too far northwards. This ground seems to be more NW? So perhaps of the other club grounds is also possible - Filipino Club or maybe the hockey ground? But I think you are spot on about the Pakistani club at the back.
      Cheers
      Phil

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    2. Hi Phil,
      After reading your comment, maybe you're right. It looks like that the Pakistan Sports Club and the field in that film was right next to each other. Perhaps it was taken where Wylie Court now is? I have no idea what it was like before Wylie Court was built.

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    3. Hi Phil,
      Here is a photo showing the field before Wylie Court was built.
      https://www.flickr.com/photos/hoting2000/30197347803/in/photostream/

      AY

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    4. nice find Arthur, it's a pity the buildings on the other side of the road aren't a bit clearer. They're all obscured by trees..I reckon we may be able to see our location otherwise.

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    5. See if this aerial photo of the area from 1960s are of use to you.
      http://www.uwants.com/viewthread.php?tid=11902654&extra=page%3D2&page=168

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    6. great stuff, let me check

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    7. it's a great shot. but the resolution is not quite good enough for me to see anything :-(

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  12. Hi Phil,

    I wonder if this was Tai Mo Shan Road (https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-91FRzSILal0/VxzlaOIDZXI/AAAAAAAAPDM/4CrRBz5uj9U9GMomWuKQjRunhnGSDfXIgCLcB/s1600/vlcsnap-2016-03-08-22h18m04s48.jpg). Just couldn't match up the twists yet.

    T

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    1. that was one of my initial thoughts Thomas, but I've walked (via Streetview) the whole length of the road and can't find anywhere that quite matches it. Also considered Clearwater bay Rd, Shek O Road, Tai Po Road and others but still no match. I think the ridge at the back will be the key to this one...

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    2. Hi Phil,

      There are not too many twisted roads that might fit the scene as capture. Could it be Fei Ngor Shan Road? Some angles of certain section of it might fit, but Street View would likely be blocked by vegetation thus very difficult to compare the skyline.

      T

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  13. Hi Phil,

    The green tiled awning above the shop was likely the standard decoration of the chain at the time. I could not recall much about this chain as I do not usually go to them for desserts or drinks. They are too sweet to my liking.

    T

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  14. Not really solving the mystery, but for the photo titled " Possibly Shanghai St, but which part?" One of the shop signs on the pillars says "Hoi Fat Book Store". And currently there is a similarly titled "Hoi Fat Stationary Co." at 330 Shanghai Street. Check out the Google Streetview
    https://www.google.com.hk/maps/@22.311863,114.1695894,3a,75y,71.66h,89.61t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sNGZ2haG7lMGVMKSSpobHvQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo1.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DNGZ2haG7lMGVMKSSpobHvQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D62.438618%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656?hl=zh-TW

    Maybe you can show them the photo and ask them if they're the same store and where their shop were back then?? :-p

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    1. Hi Phil,
      I went to the current Hoi Fat Stationary Company at 330 Shanghai St today and asked where they were in the past. The lady there said they were also at Shanghai St., opposite where the current Silka Hotel (i.e. near where Shanghai St crosses with Public Square St). So will that location
      fit?

      AY

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    2. Sorry, Arthur, I missed this comment earlier -many thanks for doing this. You and Thomas are always going above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks for the lead, I shall take a deep look at the area and see if I can fit the old with the new. Cheers, Phil

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    3. Hi Arthur - I wonder if they were on the same side of the road as the current Silka. The road section on the grab potentially fits the section of Shanghai St between Public Sq St and Wing Sing Lane looking north. Looking south I would've expected to see the old hawkers mkt on the square in front of the temple, plus the latrine block.Cheers, Phil

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  15. Hi Phil,
    For the 2nd photo under "And from a prison sequence is this place. ..." I suspect that it may be the current atrium (the part under the large tent) in the former main fort of the Museum of Coastal Defense, as the doors and windows seems to fit part of the current Museum. Maybe other shots from the same sequence can help to confirm it.

    As for the photos with a lineup of Cola trucks, maybe it is somewhere near the former Swire Coca-Cola factory in Quarry Bay? Just a guess.

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    1. Hi Arthur, you might be onto something there. I shall have to make another trip to check it out. It's certainly possible for the interior scene and the tunnels. Cheers, Phil

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  16. Hi Phil,

    Happy new year!

    For the 2nd photo under "Kowloon Car Chase", it maybe the 裕和隆 restaurant in Lau Fau Shan, which of course specialized in oyster dishes and the decor suggest. I cannot find any photos of this restaurant, only some vague textural references to it.

    http://www2.hkej.com/dailynews/headline/article/598868/%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E9%84%89%E9%83%8A%E5%B0%8B%E6%9C%89%E6%A9%9F%E9%A3%9F%E7%89%A9

    https://books.google.com.hk/books?id=6oQUAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA67&lpg=PA67&dq=%E6%B5%81%E6%B5%AE%E5%B1%B1+%E8%A3%95%E5%92%8C%E9%9A%86&source=bl&ots=ySYWRsAIqi&sig=mP_OH-UrSpT3fT_0kLK1QtP3vUE&hl=zh-TW&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj367aeuqbRAhXLk5QKHTL5A5AQ6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=%E6%B5%81%E6%B5%AE%E5%B1%B1%20%E8%A3%95%E5%92%8C%E9%9A%86&f=false

    AY

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    1. Hi Arthur, happy new year to you too. Many thanks,this certainly makes sense because this is the scene immediately prior to the shootout on the beach at Lau Fau Shan. It gives me a name I can work with and keep an eye open for pictures. Much appreciated. Phil

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  17. Hi Phil,

    I may have a lead on https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N6ddyimbkwQ/VZvS4Q_uA5I/AAAAAAAAKxE/iNzBi_lEzNw/s1600/vlcsnap-2014-11-22-22h49m41s122.jpg

    There was a foot bridge at the back with two stair coming down approximately toward the camera. Those seem to fit the angle of the north foot bridge of the good old Cross Harbour Tunnel (https://goo.gl/maps/KzFET16Avqo). If this is the case that would put the actors on a roof top somewhere along Chatham Road.

    Could that be the roof of the Park Hotel? Might really need some old photos of the hotel to compare as the hotel had been modernized in the past few decades.

    T

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    1. you could be onto something Thomas. I can find old photos of the hotel but not so many of the East tst area at that time. If you are correct then the buildings in the background should have been part of whatever was there before the new poly building was constructed...

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    2. Hi Phil,

      Correct. That would be the predecessor of present day HK Polytechnique University. I think the original building there were all gone now.

      T

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  18. Hi Phil,

    That film was out in 1974, right? That means we should be looking for photos before that, probably those before 1973. Maybe those of the old Chatham Camp could help.

    TST East had been reclaimed but not developed until later.

    T

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  19. Hi Phil,

    Found this: https://gwulo.com/atom/15779/zoom

    It was dated 1969 and showing the Chatham Camp and the public park further south.

    T

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    1. Thomas, I saw that one as well, but it looks as though thetop of the hotel was quite cluttered back then...still, much could have changed in 5 years.

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    2. Hi Phil,

      This just pop up in random pict ar Gwulo. Still not solid. bit on extreme zoom the roof had a fence (https://gwulo.com/atom/21385/zoom).

      T

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    3. Thomas, it's possible you are solving two locations here...if the shot is indeed from the roof of the Park Hotel then it could also be the same place as the cafe fight that can be seen in this grab: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HV6wp2E763g/VTYH4nBkThI/AAAAAAAAJJ8/GXSzkPokfhQ/s1600/vlcsnap-2014-11-19-21h18m07s212.jpg

      In the Kung Fu Killer doc, Grant Page mentions that the Shatter scene was being filmed in cafe in the hotel he was staying at...it's possible that they interviewed Stuart Whitman on the roof before/after the scene was being shot.

      It's a bit of a leap but not beyond the realms of possibility...so I wonder if the cafe with the wooden engraved columns was actually at the Park Hotel (sadly it doesn't mention the name on screen).

      Cheers, Phil

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  20. Hi Phil,

    Hugh's site has these:

    http://industrialhistoryhk.org/kowloon-canton-railway-british-section-kowloon-station-relocation/

    T

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  21. Hi Phil,

    Found this earlier: https://goo.gl/maps/iwwjzuYHtrm It seems the two Chinese bone setting practitioner 李大恩 & 歐卓玲were still around when Street View snapped the shot in 2011.

    Their names were shown in a few of your screen captures:, namely https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ujof8hObFT4/WKGFuhbtWCI/AAAAAAAATBo/S8X8VegyQr0GEWncVxu6pKdoEaH9VajUgCLcB/s400/vlcsnap-00037.jpg , and the Jeff Bridges running scenes.

    Still unable to determine where though. But I would say likely they had been in the Yaumati area somewhere.

    T

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    1. well spotted Thomas, even after you mentioned them it still took me a while to find them on the screen grab. So possibly somewhere around Temple St in YMT then?

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    2. Hi Phil,

      The first grap, their names were written on white cloth being fasten on bamboo scaffolding running across the street. That might be the location of their business sign under constructions. Anyway I guess they could be anywhere west of Nathan Road between Waterloo Road and Jordan Road. But the screen capture did give some clues as the end of the streets showed some high-rises. Some street\building matching exercise, anyone?

      For the bigger than human size street wall advertisements in the Jeff Bridges running scene, that would likely be some wall along a street. But what building would allow such advertisements? That beats me.

      T

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    3. Hi Phil,

      Just realize this frame had the partial address of the clinic. It read [星里一號G]. There is a 氷星里 Wing Sing Lane in Yaumati. That is the same street shown in previously quoted Street View.

      T

      https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zabFnPQR7xA/WJSg79pF7gI/AAAAAAAASq4/r21-sSTl5t4wWOoecBidvRyonQ-Co74qACLcB/s400/vlcsnap-00062.jpg

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    4. Thanks Thomas, I'm still having problems trying to figure out which bit might fit the screen grab.

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    5. Hi Phil,

      I have to admit the address only pointed to their actual business address without showing any use of identifying the locations of your screen captures.

      T

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    6. Hi Phil,

      I can confirm the clinic is still located in #1G Wing Sing Lane, according to local Yellow Page:

      http://www.yp.com.hk/23850690/187659/ch/

      T

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    7. Thanks Thomas, I need to look more closely at that area then. I'm sure it will eventually make sense. Cheers, Phil

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  22. Hi Phil,

    For https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0eh-CSfuYWA/WKGFmIBx9mI/AAAAAAAATBQ/fEc_O0OCVtk3e5VRXNW-fuRiFHxDROxIwCEw/s400/vlcsnap-00073.jpg I think you were spot on saying it was the summit of Jardine's Lookout. I saw the Leighten Hill Government Quarters. At least the line of sight was right.

    For the reservoir scene, the nearest one should be Wong Nei Chung Reservoir. It's also one of the smallest around. It has a few 'forks' which would be deep and narrow when the water level is low. Likely fitting the scene.

    T

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    1. I'm not sure about this one, the scene isn't related to the Jardine Lookout one. It could be any one I guess but looks quite skinny for a reservoir...the mountain ridge at the back might be able to help.

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    2. I am now thinking the reservoir could be Tai Tam. The ridge line at the back of the shot of the guy with the yellow shirt looks very much like Mt Parker seen from the south. Will keep investigating.

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  23. Hi Phil,

    For the one with 平安錶行 at the corner (https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iLJhfuyWplY/WKGFufpjgEI/AAAAAAAATBk/-u-WfnRJ7q0w-Oo6iP2JGVXnmn3OCNNFgCLcB/s1600/vlcsnap-00035.jpg), if you could try to make out what is the bus route of the double-decker, we might be able to have a bit more information.

    T

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    1. Hi Phil,

      I forgot the mention there is a 平安錶行 in Tai Po Road (https://goo.gl/maps/bqBL9WWqTVx), but I am uncertain if they are the same company.

      T

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    2. Hi Thomas, this is very close for me, so perhaps I will pop in over one of the next couple of days and ask them. Many thanks, Phil

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  24. Hi Phil,
    For the photo "a street market", I just had a free search on two of the meat shop signs on Google, which turned out that "Wah Seng" and "Shing Hing" meat are currently both on Cross St, Wanchai. Maybe we can dug deeper as they may not be on the current address before. Guess we can check if some of the older building still standing there matches.

    AY

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    1. Thanks Arthur. Food for thought...literally!

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  25. Hi Phil,
    It may not be a useful hint. For the 2nd photo "Mongkok or Yau Ma Tei or ...?" The sign on the truck says "Tung Nam" catering service, which they did "cook on-site service for home banquets. It's descendant "Tai Loi Tung Nam" is now at 865 Canton Road as shown on Google Street View.

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    1. I can't remember if the truck was parked up in the film or moving along. I'll go back and check.

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  26. Hi Phil,

    https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WNwL0cDIvzk/V9jzGplelLI/AAAAAAAAQnk/eHx8TcgrOa8D8OVfMyQNeSXM2uEcrLz9ACEw/s1600/vlcsnap-5758-06-18-01h45m12s634.jpg <--- for this capture there was a very big clue. One of the white sinages reads 港九鮮魚行總會 (The Hong Kong & Kowloon Fresh Fish Traders Generation Association) in the traditional right to left format. Strange enough, if you Google this association you would ended up being presented the famous primary school that they are running instead. I had been trying for more than an hour but was unable to locate the address of the association itself. The primary school is in 33 Sycamore Street in Tai Kok Tsui.

    Might have to go the the Central Library and browse some Hong Kong Year Book and see if they have it.

    T

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    1. Thanks Thomas, it's very difficult for me as a non-Chinese reader to differentiate between characters when they are not so clear, so it's good to have a pair of eyes that are familiar with character shapes even when a bit blurred. It's a good lead. My only assumption was that it must be in MK or YMT area somewhere. Cheers, Phil

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  27. Hi Phil,

    I may have a lead on this one: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q2E83u9ZWCI/UfenSsJBQ5I/AAAAAAAACso/xywl_TCrSfw/s1600/MUSIC01.DAT_000974239.jpg

    I cannot find an exact match but a section of Chai Wan Road looked very similar. We would need an older photo with a similar point of view from a little bit higher than the Fire Station looking towards the Tai Tam Road pass for comparison.

    Wish your screen capture was bigger.

    T

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    1. thanks Thomas. I think this was taken from a VCD so I will try and locate a DVD and get some better shots. Cheers, Phil

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    2. Hi Phil,

      The DVD seemed to be out of stock. Don't know if it would be re-issued at all.

      T

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    3. no problem, I know of a few stores that still sell all the 2003 releases so I'll have a look next time I am there.

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  28. Hi Phil,
    For the !st photo with the sign of Ping On Watch company, see if that was the branch at 147 Shanghai St., as somebody posted a newspaper ad here from 1963?
    http://www.uwants.com/viewthread.php?tid=11902654&extra=page%3D2&page=92

    AY

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    1. thanks Arthur, it could be because it is definitely at a road intersection. I notice that the block has been replaced by a rest garden. I'll have a deeper delve and see if I can match anything else.
      Cheers, Phil

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  29. For this one (https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-m4CwdaegC9M/WNkHGqGrNnI/AAAAAAAAT6k/FUppwV-zcKQNWhVGbJQZL27B6-31_Fl8gCLcB/s1600/vlcsnap-00066.jpg) there was two characters in red just besides Shirley's head (佐敦)。 Even today some small shops may hijack the major street name of the area. This might likely be the case. But still, I have no idea of where exactly was the shot taken. Maybe you should take a few more captures that shows a bit more of the bigger signs.

    T

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    1. Well spotted Thomas. Sadly this was the only shot of that area.

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  30. Hi Phil,

    For this one (https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tbXT_UuTZzg/WRBoLeJTGXI/AAAAAAAAUoA/G4OEX_f1HCcKjQZ6XCeQ7tAS46nVJQGtQCEw/s1600/vlcsnap-00135.jpg) I wonder if the skyline far away could provide some clues. I would suggest the camera was pointing towards NE or NNE.

    Could that be some older building around the HKU campus well above Pokfulam Road?

    T

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    1. Hi Thomas, yes I think that is Beacon Hill behind the tree with Lion Rock behind the pillar, and possibly the faint outline of Stonecutter Island between the two pillars. The university makes sense seeing as they filmed at the vice-chancellor's lodge. Let's hope there are some HKU alumni reading...
      Cheers, Phil

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  31. Hi Phil,

    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/--DFuhZe1seg/Wdd4hUKSDFI/AAAAAAAAWT4/2g8zxLoOj4AbqOWk28NBCTilcQdNGGT4gCLcBGAs/s400/vlcsnap-00006.jpg <---- For this one I believe we could tighten up the search to Government carparks. The built of the carpark itself looked very similar to other older government carparks still standing today.

    It is still a big if though.

    T

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    1. Hi Phil,

      I think we can cross out the two still standing in Central and Sheung Wan. as well as the now demolished Middle Road multi-car park. As the adjacent grey building did not match.

      Most of the other Government car parks are built in the 1980's......

      Maybe you should get Carl to take a look and see if that's the former Kai Tai Airport Car Park.

      T

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    2. Thanks Thomas. Definitely worth investigating further. Phil

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  32. Hi Phil,

    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-J_ktYhdINzQ/Wdd4WslFlpI/AAAAAAAAWT0/cQosWzGs8RIlTl_Vsli2l67tjdp1MclrQCLcBGAs/s1600/vlcsnap-00002.jpg <--- For this one, Morse Park had been rebuilt over the decades. If the film was indeed shot in Morse Park, it would likely be one of the concrete soccer pitches as those should be big enough for parade and/or other entertainment activities. Likely have to lookup older maps of the time for more information.

    T

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