Sunday, November 27, 2016

Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine - Jean-Paul Belmondo (1965) - Sai Wan Fort, Shau Kei Wan

Not quite the denouement of the film (I believe that was filmed on a beach on Langkawi, Malaysia) but one of the last major bursts of action sees Belmondo and crew running for their lives away from local gangsters and arriving atop Sai Wan Fort. Given how it looks now, these screen shots have to be seen to be believed because this was when there was almost no tree growth on the hill.

First we have a shot of the gang driving up the small service road that used to (and still does) lead to the fort from the vicinity of what was Lyemun barracks and is now Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village. (Film location trivia: Jackie Chan's barrack scenes for Project A Part 2 were filmed there). The bay at the back is Shau Kei Wan.

Next up, the bike and its riders manage to make it to the top of the fort where they are attacked on all sides by seemingly endless hordes of contract killers.

Given the amount of tree growth now all over the hill, it's quite hard to believe that this is the old fort. Of course, these days the fort now has a radio transmitting station built on the top so I have no idea how much is still accessible. I intend to head over there at some point and try to get some comparison shots. Stay tuned. They also run around the various trenches and buildings at the fort.

Before dropping inside via an access door on top. The question is - are these the actual tunnels and passageways inside the fort? I have no idea but am hoping someone who has been inside can let us know.

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