Sunday, 17 October 2021
Saturday, 16 October 2021
The Police Chief (Philip Chan) goes to meet his undercover operative (Tony Leung) on a rooftop overlooking Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter. The roof top is the World Trade Centre, we know this becaue as Tony leaves the meeting, the camera follows him to the right and you can just see the curved front of the (recently demolished) Excelsior Hotel at the side of the screen (see last image).
Friday, 15 October 2021
Thursday, 14 October 2021
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Monday, 11 October 2021
Sunday, 10 October 2021
Saturday, 9 October 2021
There's a locations feature uploaded onto Youtube (from an old Dragon Dynasty release) which places the restaurant where the Langham Office Tower is today, but this is incorrect (one of several fudges on that short feature). The restaurant was in Mongkok but was located one block to the south, at the junction of Shanghai Street and Soy Street. The Sun Ming Building now stands on the site.
Sun Ming was completed in 1993, and wikipedia notes that the location was chosen because it was about to be demolished. They should have just let John Woo shoot for an extra few days and I am sure most of the demolition work would have already been completed. I would have loved to visit it when it was open because Hong Kong really doesn't have any teahouses like this anymore. Sadly, even on my first trip in 1995, I was already two years late.
If you want to know how to get there, Sean Tierney has put together a rather amusing little video for his (sadly on hiatus) "Silver Spleen" Youtube channel. Link here: https://youtu.be/kSExMu0MDg4
Friday, 8 October 2021
Thursday, 7 October 2021
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
I was lucky enough to catch this at my local arthouse cinema (the Hyde Park Picture House) in the UK when I was a final year student in Leeds in 1994.
The opening scenes (and later ones where John Woo appears in front of the camera playing an ex-cop-barman-mentor to Chow's character, Tequila) take place in a venue called "The Jazz Club". This was a real club located in the California Entertainment Building at 34-36 D'Aguilar Street. Sadly, not only has the club long gone but so has the building that housed it. The California Entertainment Building was demolished circa 2011 and has since been replaced by a larger version called California Tower. The new building has the address of 32 D'Aguilar Street but it also occupies the old site of 34 -36 as well.
For those that are interested and have Facebook (I don't), there is a group for the Jazz Club at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/thejazzclubhongkong/
Monday, 4 October 2021
Sunday, 3 October 2021
Saturday, 2 October 2021
Just in case we were in doubt as to where the plane was making its landing, the next shot is the tried-and-tested establishing shot of a view from the Peak, with the characters for Hong Kong at the bottom.
Friday, 1 October 2021
The opening shot of the HK segment is this one of a China Airlines Cargo 747 landing at Kai Tak.
Thursday, 30 September 2021
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Incidentally, the pedestran bridge where Ka Kui and May wait for the gangsters to show up is still there and hasn't changed (other than different colour paint), so you can also go up there to repeat the angle that the camera captures of the plaza entrance (top image). This location of course is just a hundred metres or so from these earlier scenes shot in East TST.