Saturday, 25 June 2022

All About Ah Long - Chow Yun Fat (1989) - Anderson Road Quarry, Kowloon

Ah Long's day job is as a labourer at the local quarry, in this case at Anderson Road in the hills above Kwun Tong. Quarrying has not been carried out here for some time, I believe, and there are plans to construct a new housing estate inside, but it's been a while since I was up here and don't know if it's started/finished yet.

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

All About Ah Long - Chow Yun Fat (1989) - Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun

During the opening credits as Ah Long takes Porky to school there is a shot of the pair as they ride along Bonham Road. In the background you can see the main entrance of King's College at the top of Western Street.

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

All About Ah Long - Chow Yun Fat (1989) - Li Chit Street, Wanchai

Whilst I wait for a hard-to-get-hold-of movie to come back from the digital transfer guy, I thought it would be a good idea to repost my All About Ah Long locations. I had removed them (and many more) when I decided focus the blog on foreign movie productions, but now I have set up a different section for local movies I can reinstate some of the older ones that didn't fit at the time.

The movie is about a former criminal, Ah Long (Chow) and his ex-girlfriend Porpor (Sylvia Chang) and their son Porky. It was shot in both Hong Kong and Macau, and for some streange reason that I can't fathom out, also includes a very brief moment that was actually filmed in Singapore. I can only summise that perhaps there was some tax break afforded for the shoot there because the location is still supposed to be in Hong Kong. It's a weird one, but I will include it even though I generally tend to ignore anything outside of HK/Macau (there have been exceptions). Anyway, there's also some later scenes for bike fans shot at the Macau GP (I assume 1988?).

First up is Ah Long's apartment in Li Chit Street in Wanchai. The buildings along here were recognisable due to the curved shape of the balconies but they were all knocked down in the early 90s to make way for a new development (Li Chit Garden) that actually straddles where the road used to be located and essentially pedestrianised the old road space. In a sort of weird and poorly informed nod to these old Chinese tenements, the Govt constructed some weird fake building facades to remind everyone of what they just demolished.

Monday, 20 June 2022

Kimberley Road Steps - Now and Then

It's been a few weeks since I finished covering Asia-Pol Secret Service but I did remember the brief scene at the top of the steps on Kimberley Road when I was walking around the area recently. Unfortunately, I couldn't recreate the same angle (the 1966 shot looks to have been filmed from a building on the opposite side of the road) but I did take a picture roughly from the position of where the pedestrian is on the right hand side in the film capture below. Even though there are many 50s-era buildings still around, the area around the steps (and the steps themselves) has completely changed.

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Signal Hill/Blackhead Point - Now and Then

I took a side trip up to Signal Hill in Tsim Sha Tsui the other day because I remembered that Ryan O'Neal shot a brief scene here for Oliver's Story back in 1978. I was able to capture some reasonable comparisons on my phone and you can see them below compared to the film captures.

As you can see below, the pavilion is still there but the red tiles have been removed from the columns (I think that's a recent thing because I'm sure they were still there when I was last here a few years ago) and the balustrade finials have also been removed and just replaced with a pyramid style point.

Looking east from the battery. In the distance you can see Yau Tong/Lei Yue Mun area. The block behind Ryan O'Neal's feet is actually a granite boundary stone that has the letters W.D.L 54 etched into it. I think W.D.L should stand for War Department Lot. I think the railings are still the same ones.

This is looking towards the east side of the battery. I actually had to climb on a wall/fence for this shot because as you can see in the modern images, the battery is now fenced off for being "dangerous". I have no idea what danger it poses other than someone could potentially slip and sprain an ankle (hey, that's why the Govt have concreted miles of hiking trails in the hills).

The next angle shows the west side of the gun battery. Not much of a view today though, is there?

Saturday, 18 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Jardim de Lou Lim Ioc, Macau

The gangster's house is where the finale of the film takes place as Sammo and the remaining drivers head there to kill him and take revenge. The establishing shot for the house is the oft-used main house in Jardim de Lou Lim Ioc. We've seen it afew times on the blog before and it was a popular location for other local movies as well.

Friday, 17 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Largo Eduardo Marques, Coloane

Staying on Coloane, the next scene shows the drivers stopping in front of St Xavier's church on Largo Eduardo Marques before they head back to Lilau Square for their evening meal where everything kicks off.

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Concrete Pier, Coloane

After their brush with the gangster boss and subsequent arrival at the gambling hall (via the window) and Sammo's - now classic - fight with Lau Kar-leung, the couple are next seen fishing at the concrete pier in Coloane village.

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Jardim de Luís de Camões, Macau

The next location we arrive at is Jardim de Luís de Camões. I know for sure most people reading this will know that this is the location for the famous "No Dogs or Chinese" scene from Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury. The difference here is that in Pedicab Driver we are seeing those famous park gates from the inside rather than the outside. 

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Rua do Guimarães, Macau

After a record- and physics-breaking jump back to Taipa, the next scene sees us back again on peninsula Macau as the pedicab drives past the Hotel Cantao on Rua do Guimarães. Keen followers of these locations posts will know this place also made an appearance on Shanghai Surprise back in the day. You can read all about its Vietnamese communist history on that link.

Monday, 13 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Jardim do Carmo, Taipa

Sammo's amazing leap from the church terrace lands him right back in Taipa. It must be a world record jump because the pedicab touches down on the pathway next to the Jardim do Carmo with Rua do Supico right in front. Actually, one of the things that makes some of the more difficult to find locations in this chase scene is that Sammo appears to have filmed everywhere - so I haven't been able to narrow down some of the more obscure places.

Sunday, 12 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - St Paul's Facade, Macau

Mysteriously, just after being rammed into a wall in Taipa, the pedicab suddenly appears several miles away right next to the ruins of the old church. This isn't where the weirdness ends though because you should see where the pedicab ends up after Sammo does the famous jump off the church terrace wall.

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Rua do Supico, Taipa

Here's a spot people might remember from Project A a while back. It's Rua do Supico with its retaining wall and strange plaque that says "Monte Dos Amores". Actually, in that Project A link the road is the previously mentioned Rua da Restauração, but the sloped section closer to the Carmel Church.

The section of the wall we can see here is actually on Rua do Supico which intersects with Rua da Restauração at the bottom of the slope.

Friday, 10 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Rua da Restauração, Taipa

Not to be confused with Rua da Restauração on peninsula Macau, another part of the chase scene sees Sammo & co back to Taipa as he turns uphill from Avenida da Praia onto a unnamed road that connects to Rua da Restauração. This short, steep road still looks very much the same today as it did back in 1989 and can be found at the far eastern end of the Praia near to the footbridge that connects the Taipa viewing platform to the old waterfront.

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Estrada de Dom João Paulino, Macau

The mid-film set piece is a vehicle chase between Sammo's pedicab and a car containing the gangsters as the later chase down Sammo for daring to stand up to the gang boss (John Shum). The chase starts on some rather small raods that I haven't been able to identify (yet) but soon moves to more familiar ground as the vehicles race down Estrada de Dom João Paulino.

Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Tam Kung Temple, Coloane

Malt Candy takes Siu Chiu to the Tam Kung Temple in Coloane. He's so infatuated with her that he waits around for her to finish her praying so he can take her back.

Monday, 6 June 2022

Pedicab Driver - Sammo Hung (1989) - Rua Direita Carlos Eugénio, Taipa

I know that Malt Candy starts his journey with a shot of Rua Fernão Mendes Pinto, but the editor sneaks in a quick glimpse of the same road further to the east where it goes by the name of Rua Direita Carlos Eugénio. Regular readers should be able to recognise the location because it's shot from the Calçada do Carmo.