Sunday, September 20, 2015

Knock Off - Jean Claude Van Damme (1997) - Lobster Bay, Sai Kung

Despite the finale of the boat chase occurring all the way down in Shek O, some of the scenes from the same sequence were filmed on the calmer waters of Port Shelter around Lobster Bay. The giveaway is the cluster of rocks and islets in the background that can be seen from the southern side of the Lobster Bay headland.

As luck would have it, I was in Lobster Bay not so long ago and managed to capture some snaps including the one below showing the same rocks.


  1. If that's where I think it is, my family sometimes used to head out there in our boat from Hebe Haven, anchor near the little cluster of islands right at the center of your third image, and then row to the little scrappy bit of beach that's visible in the distance, just at the base of the headland. (Not often, perhaps once every year or so.)

    The bit we'd go to doesn't appear to have a name according to the GovHK GeoInfo Map, but it was halfway between Ping Tok Hang Shan and Lak Lei Tsai, where there are a little cluster of islands forming a tiny, shallow "harbour" of sorts.

    There are several distinct memories I have there:

    * We used to dig for clams along the water's edge on the beach, and easily catch enough to feed the four of us. My dad was of the opinion that since Port Shelter opened onto the sea there, pollution wasn't a concern -- and we certainly never got sick from them.

    * The floor of that shallow "harbour" was absolutely *covered* in sea cucumbers and sea squirts. More than I've ever seen in any one location before or since.

    * I remember our once finding an absolutely spectacular number of tiny little non-stinging jellyfish there. Each was perhaps an inch across at most, almost perfectly transparent and ringed by a pink / purple fringe. There have to have been hundreds to thousands of them... Would love to know what species they were.

    * Right up at the very back of the beach (far above the high tide mark, and where the sea would only venture in a typhoon) I remember finding a large piece of honeycomb material that my dad (who worked in the airline industry) reckoned was likely from a commercial aircraft. There wasn't any kind of identifying markings on it, though, so no way to have figured out which incident it was from -- and it was clearly a good fair few years old.

    Another post from you, and another outpouring of nostalgia for me. Thanks! ;-)

    1. it's a nice little area - I've dived around Trio Island a bit and the underwater topography is quite interesting - very angular, almost like steps. I sometimes wonder how far some of the flotsam and jetsam comes. I think you could probably spend a lot of time tracking down where it all comes from - and your comment reminds me of the recent MH370 finds in Reunion. Just how far stuff has travelled once it washes up on a beach.

    2. Yep, it was actually the MH370 finds which reminded me of finding that aircraft part myself.

      I'd love to get back out there and some of the other places we used to go on our boat, but I have a feeling chartering a boat myself would be rather beyond my budget, and I don't have the Cantonese skills required to negotiate a sampan for the day. ;-)