Friday, April 1, 2016

Roaring Fire - Hiroyuki Sanada (1982) - Liberty Theatre, Jordan Road

As you can probably tell, I am playing a bit of catch up here as I go over some older stuff I had forgotten about. This one should've been put up a year ago but slipped my forever ageing memory.

It's a brief glimpse of a since demolished cinema called the Liberty Theatre that used to sit on Jordan Road between Temple Street and Woosung Street. As you can see, at the time of filming it was showing some classics...

It seems that Zombi Holocaust is indeed the 1980 Italian film Zombie Holocaust (the Chinese name - 鬼食鬼 - means 'ghost eats ghost'). According to the Cinema Treasures (link above on the theatre name) this cinema showed first run foreign films and Zombie Holocaust this film according to IMDB was released in May 1981. It gives you a rough ballpark of when filming for Roaring Fire actually took place. Patricia was also released the same year (1981) but I can't seem to find a specific release date for HK.

Anyway, the cinema closed in 1997 and has since been replaced by a residential block by the name of Liberty Mansion, so its name lives on even if the building itself has gone. Here's the current Streetview. The building on the left still survives but has been covered up by the bank's banners.

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