Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Man from Hong Kong - Wang Yu (1975) - Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter, Kowloon

As we continue the hand glider flight, we get what I guess is supposed to be a pilot's eye view, though to be honest even Grant Page - as hardcore as he is - would have difficulty getting this high above Kowloon. We start with the familiar scene of the (now reclaimed) typhoon shelter and the Ferry Point Estate - the latter now very much land-locked on all sides - as well as the former Vehicular Ferry pier at the end of Jordan Road. Look closely and you can see a ferry just about to dock at the pier.

As the camera pans south (up) we get to see Tsim Sha Tsui, Ocean Terminal and Hong Kong island in the distance. The detail is a bit fuzzy to see anything of value but if you look to the left hand side of the top picture below you will see the reclamation for East TST is underway. Actually, I believe this film was shot mainly in 1974 because I suspect Brian Trenchard-Smith's documentary Kung Fu Killers - again with Grant Page and next up on the to-do list - was filmed at the same time and features interviews with Stuart Whitman (in HK filming Shatter) and George Lazenby (in HK filming Stoner). This would also explain why the reclamation in East TST doesn't look to have been finished just yet.

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