Monday, 25 January 2021
Matteo is in Hong Kong to set up a dodgy tainted milk formula business to export into Africa with some Chinese business partners led by Mr Feng (Kenneth Tsang) and his son Zhao (Carl Ng). His goings on bring him into contact with a Chinese woman, Jiazhen (Zhang Jingchu), who runs a restaurant business in memory of her son who was killed by tainted food.
The opening scenes are supposedly set in Mainland China where Jiazhen lives with her son. The establishing shots are definitely of the stock variety and I suspect that the close ups were shot in Hong Kong because the following shot, still supposedly in the Mainland, shows a part of Nam Sang Wai with the west end of Kai Kung Leng in the background.
The actual location is a now collapsed (according to a photo on Google Earth) boardwalk close to the Nam Sang Wai and Sing Kei stores - not far from the river boat crossing.
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Saturday, 23 January 2021
Friday, 22 January 2021
Thursday, 21 January 2021
The bar in question was a unit on Sung Tak Street - literally around the corner (in fact less than 10 meters) from the location where Big D was arrested earlier in the film. I'm not sure if the business was a real one at the time of filming, but suffice to say the building and premises has undergone a complete change and redecoration since 2005. The latest streetview image appears to show a small bar/restaurant called "San Ka La" (山旮旯). The bottom image shows the doomed gangster's entourage all parked up on nearby Oi Kwan Road in front of Tang Shiu Kin Secondary School.
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
The beginning of the Ice House Street sequence (top two images) was filmed on the section located between Chater Road and Des Voeux Road. The lower two images, which are at the end of the scene, was filmed on the section between Des Voeux Road and Queen's Road and so should really have been seen first in the sequence (because Ice House Street is one way).
Monday, 18 January 2021
Anyway, in Election this is the station where the psychopathic Big D and other society members are being held after their arrest in Wanchai.
Sunday, 17 January 2021
It's featured (briefly, in the background) once on this blog before - in a minibus scene with Jeremy Irons and Maggie Cheung in Chinese Box.
Friday, 15 January 2021
Thursday, 14 January 2021
The old structure that can be seen in the lower images is still in that location but is now completely covered by foliage. There is a clearer view of it over on Andi's excellent site where the same location is seen in The Angry Guest.
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Cha Kwo Ling is an old village located at the far eastern end of Kowloon - not far from the entrance to the Eastern harbour tunnel (in fact, Double Impact fans may recall this scene which was filmed just around the corner). The kai fong hall (sort of a community centre) appears to be where a meeting is held by the triad elders where they make the decision to elect Simon Yam as the new chairman and prevent Big D from retrieving the society baton. It's a very quick establishing shot of the outside of the building and I have no idea if the interior was used at all.
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
The scene where Big D and his cohorts are arrested and lined up on the pavement outside the venue they were in was filmed at the corner of Morrison Hill Road and Sung Tak Street. You can just about see the painted advert for Aji Ichiban (a Japanese sweets and snack store) that is on the Redana Building in the background (bottom image). The building they are ejected from is now the Vela Boutique Hotel - although at the time of filming appears to have housed a restaurant or karaoke club (it's not clear from the film).
Monday, 11 January 2021
There are afew scenes that were shot in the Nam Sang Wai wetland area in Yuen Long. However, I think that in the film this is all supposed to be taking place over the border in the Mainland (or I may just have misunderstood what was happening).
The abandoned house where the gangsters are surrounded by the police is located there, as well as the scenes where Big Head (Lam Suet) gets beaten up by Gordon Lam. The rural road where Big Head is waiting for the truck to drive down is Nam Sang Wai Road on the eastern bank of the Shan Pui River. The camera shot through the windscreen of their car was taken almost directly opposite the (marked on Google maps as) "Northeast Electrical Enterprises Ltd" warehouse (which can be seen on left of screen in the third image).
Saturday, 9 January 2021
Friday, 8 January 2021
One of the gang heads over the border to pick up the society's "dragon headed baton". He heads to the border via the - what was then still called - the KCR line at Sheung Shui train station. The film was made back in 2005 before the Lok Ma Chau border station was opened (2007) so the only place to go to cross the border (via the train) was Lo Wu hence the singular destination sign in the top image below.
Thursday, 7 January 2021
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
The exact location is a little way back west from the viewing point and only a short walk from Fei Ngo Shan Road. I've tried my best to mark it in the location link at the bottom of the post, but I've just noticed it keeps snapping to the road a bit further north. So you'll just have to take it as an approximate location for now.