Monday, June 27, 2016

Rush Hour 2 - Jackie Chan (2001) - Un Chau St, Sham Shui Po

I was recently lamenting the demolition of the Tung Tak Pawn shop in Wanchai and, sadly, it wasn't saved - the site is now empty of what was a great looking building. Back in 2001 when this film was made there was another worthy addition to HK's small but aesthetic portfolio of corner shophouses and another one could be found along Un Chau Street in Sham Shui Po on the corner of Pei Ho Street. There is a brief glimpse of it at the beginning of the film - just one of many scene setting shots.

It was a great little building but was sadly ripped down soon after (circa 2008) and replaced by...well, another high rise (called "Court Regence"). Although actually the lower section where the former shophouse stood is the entrance/lobby portion of the residential block behind, it seems to occupy a similar area. I think it's a shame they couldn't have kept the facade of the older building and incorporated the new building into it, like the way they have done with Wanchai Market. Oh well, it's too late now. Here's the modern Streetview below.

Incidentally, the excellent HKMan has a great Now/Then comparison over on his FLICKR page.

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