Friday, February 10, 2017

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Castle Peak Hotel, Siu Lam

So I mentioned in the last post that the film makers cheated a bit with regards to Repulse Bay. The scene below is interlaced with the previous Repulse Bay establishing shots (the wide angle pictures at the beginning of that post) giving the impression that the chaps are staying there. However, we are actually looking at a scene filmed instead on a terrace at the Castle Peak Hotel.

The background in the following shot is the (seemingly nameless) body of water between Lantau Island and the New Territories mainland near to Tuen Mun. The headland in the background with the white building is current location of the Siu Lam Marine Police HQ (the HK Observatory also has a station there now) and the pointy ridge behind that culminates in a place called "Brothers Point" (Tai Lam Kok). The distant hills are actually hills on the eastern part of Lantau Island - Fa Peng Teng and Tai Yam Teng.

The reason for filming here is anybody's guess. The fact that there are later scenes filmed on the driveway of the Repulse Bay Hotel seems to indicate it wasn't down to permission or budget, so maybe the Repulse Bay location just didn't quite fit the script requirements? Answers on a postcard...

Anyway, if anyone remembers this terrace at the Castle Peak Hotel, please feel free to get in touch.

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