Saturday, December 14, 2013

I Spy (TV Series) - Robert Culp (1965) - Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei

Another great find courtesy of Thomas and his eagle eyes. Here is a quick reminder of the picture I put up on my help page...

In this case it was the pawnshop on the corner at the back that tipped him off. here's his comment.
Again, the pawn shop to the rescue. (又興大押) Looked this up and found a link with a corresponding photo at Uwants. ( The location would be northern side of the cross section of Shanghai & Public Square
(*NB: link to uwants removed above due to issues with Google detecting malware at that site, copy and paste at your own risk). This is the same pawnshop that can be seen closer up in the earlier (by 3 years) filmed Heisser Hafen Hongkong.

Now, what does this place look like today? Well, no surprise really that it has changed vastly, at least in terms of the surrounding buildings, but I guess the general aspect, with the square on the right, is still familiar.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I Spy (TV Series) - Robert Culp (1965) - Man Mo Temple, Sheung Wan

Another scene from the episode Dragon's Teeth. No surprises about this location really seeing as the last one we looked at was 50 yards away on Square Street.

But of course it's much better the see the whole area via one of AP's excellent photo stitches. Once again many thanks to AP. From this quick glimpse I would say that at the far right is the construction of the building that currently stands there and a quick look on Centamap reveals that the building (Tai Hing Building) was issued its occupational permit in 1967, which kind of fits in quite well i.e. 2 years after this series was made. The film buffs amongst you will know it was this building's predecessor which was used as the external shots of the Nam Kok Hotel in The World of Suzie Wong (filmed 1959, released 1960). And here is a similar angle from Jackie Chan's The Protector.