Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ein Sarg aus Hong Kong - Heinz Drache (1964) - Woosung Street, Kowloon

A big thanks to Arthur for getting this seemingly obscure street scene from Ein Sarg aus Hongkong. A bit of nifty searching by him has located an address thanks to matching up some of the shop signs that can be seen on the left hand side of the lower picture.

The white columns with red writing along the left side of the street tie up with a picture Arthur found at the following thread on the Uwants forum (it's a great resource for old Hong Kong pictures as long as you have a decent grasp of Chinese literacy (sadly, I don't).

So we now know that this particular stretch of road, where the (most likely) fictitious "Celestial Empire Hotel" is situated. This whole stretch - between Jordan Road and Nanking Street - has been redeveloped, however, the curved corner building in the mid distance is still around and it's on the corner on Nanking Street and now houses the Goodrich Hotel. It was built in 1964 so must have been brand new when this film was shot (probably why it looks so clean!).

Anyway, once again a massive thanks to Arthur for finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.


  1. Hi Phil,

    I think one of the shop house pillars still exist today. Just don't know if it's one of those in the screen capture.


    1. Hi Thomas, yes i saw that. It looks like one if those orphaned pillars where it was left standing and forgotten about. I can think of 3 or 4 similar examples such as on Nathan Rd opposite Public Sq St and along Argyle St opposite Sincere Building. Cheers, Phil