Saturday, September 30, 2017

Red Dragon - Stewart Granger (1965) - 38 Island Road, Deep Water Bay

Following on from my last post for Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong, here is the same property ("Merachiaro") used a few years earlier for Stewart Granger's foray into German-produced thrillers. At the time I couldn't pinpoit the property but after looking at the more detailed online maps courtesy of the geoinfo map, the building shape (and that distinctive exterior covered walkway) are quite obvious. Google isn't so useful as it lacks the same detail. Never mind, it's nice to know such an old property is still around and looks really nice. If you own this property then you are no doubt already loaded, but can now add the additional boast that Stewart Granger has been to your house - albeit in 1965.

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - 38 Island Road, Deep Water Bay

The main bad guy in the film, who also happens to be the father of one of the idle youths getting into trouble with the police, lives in a rather splendid property on the Deep Water Bay coastline. After a bit of digging around (plus some looking back at Stewart Granger's Red Dragon that used the same property) it looks as though the building is still around and stands at 38 Island Road. The house is called "Marechiaro". The build date for this house is 1945, which means it is actually pre-war as many records were lost/destroyed during the Japanese occupation and 1945 is given as the default date for anything pre-war.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - Kai Tak Airport - Part 2, Kowloon City

The second trip to Kai Tak in this film is when the two protagonists manage to bluff their way as chopper pilots for the dodgy shipment to Singapore by planting drugs on the helicopter to get the original pilots arrested. It looks like the film company had a free run of a section of the apron at the southern end of the airport but I'm sure there are people out there who might be able to better pinpoint it. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun

In a marvelous feat of pursuit, Woods catches up with his target (a foreign doctor who has been administering drugs to his subdued victims) only a few minutes later but in a location that is on the other side of the new territories (you may remember Weiße Fracht für Hongkong achieving something similar, although in that film they walked it!).

Similar to that film as well, Woods eventually gets hold of his enemy on what looks to be the Kadoorie Pier. Again, this scene was still part of the "excursion to Singapore" portion of the film.

Castle Peak Bay before it was reclaimed for development

 In the last picture you can just see  a small portion of Boulder Lodge - the private mansion owned by the Kadoorie family (after who this pier/beach area is named) who are perhaps most famous in Hong Kong for owning and running the Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels company (owner of the Peninsula) and China Light & Power etc.

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung

After his target escapes from him on Fung Sau Road, Woods catches up with the car on nearby Tai Mong Tsai Road and attempts (unsuccessfully) to stop him again there. Remember that this scene is still supposedly set in Singapore.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - Fung Sau Road, Sai Kung

This is another one of the HK locations that is actually supposed to be Singapore. In reality we are tucked away in a rather obscure part of Sai Kung just off the Tai Mong Tsai Road. The road is Fung Sau Road and back in 1969 it looks as though it had some rather nice large properties. One of which, called "Hornin House", looks like it was (or at least the front wall) was captured in the film.
The house was built in 1965 so the only surprising thing is that it is still around.

Note the area on the right in the film, these days it has been filled up by a development called Bay View Pavilion.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - Wader Studios, Kwai Chung

After rarely seeing Wader at all on this blog, it has been popping up left, right and centre throughout these German productions. In this film it is filling in as a freight processing centre in Singapore. The intrepid heroes have blagged their way into delivering a suspect cargo in an attempt to find out what may have happened to Woods' wife. However, Singapore was a bit beyond the films budget and so the crew just headed over to Kwai Chung and stuck a sign on the front of the studio block - much like they did in Heisser Hafen Hongkong.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - Aberdeen Harbour, Aberdeen

As soon as Woods arrives in Hong Kong, he meets up with his buddy here (played by Ralf Wolter - no stranger to HK thanks to his earlier appearance in Ein Sarg aus Hongkong). They sit and chat on a floating restaurant and talk about how they will find out what happened to Woods' missing wife.

The Tai Pak is in the background so it looks as though the actors are on one of the smaller, lesser-known, eateries, or perhaps just on one of the many houseboats that sat at the waterfront.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay

A similar trip down Yee Wo Street as seen in Heisser Hafen Hongkong, although this time the camera angle is steeper as we pass by various buildings including the Hop Kwan Building, Great George Building (where Daimaru was located) and also a never-before-seen glimpse of the top of the Dairy Farm building that Thomas mentioned in this post.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong - Robert Woods (1969) - Kai Tak Airport - Part 1, Kowloon City

The airport scene is one of those that has been borrowed from another film, this time the first time we saw this sequence was back in Heisser Hafen Hongkong, shot in 1962. We've seen quite a bit of using old footage in these German productions so this is not really surprising.

The footage that is new to this film is the following scene showing Robert Woods disembarking from the plane and catching a cab at the front of the terminal. But at least they were able to keep some continuity by using an Air India aircraft for the 1969 section.