Sunday, 9 February 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Wyndham Street, Central

Back to Wyndham Street for this post as they get slightly nearer to their destination at Lan Kwai Fong. The two establishing shots are followed by the two protagonists walking down the step in front of The Centrium. Anyway, with that I'm off for a quick break but will (hopefully) pick up where I've left off at the end of the month. Until then be safe and remember to WASH YOUR HANDS!

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Queensway, Central

The next location is a much larger area compared to the narrow streets that have taken up much of the last few posts. This is the stretch of Queensway in front of the Cheung Kong Centre and Bank of China Tower just before it turns into Queen's Road Central. The scene starts off with the camera positioned on the Garden Road flyover looking down as the two cross the road.


We then get some nice views looking up at the various tall buildings here including the much smaller (but more stylish) Bank of China Building (the older BoC), HSBC HQ, Cheung Kong Centre and the Bank of China Tower.


There is a brief shot of the pair as they enter Chater Garden...


...and then inexplicably (though keeping with the illogical way the walk has gone up to now) they end up all the way back over to the Garden Road flyover where the camera was located for the opening shot. The spiral staircase is the same one that you can walk down from Garden Road back onto Queensway by the entrance to Chater Garden.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Duddell Street, Central

Next up is a little trip down the famous and historical stone steps at the southern end of Duddell Street. Even Josh gets into the touristic nature of their epic walk by describing how the steps are home to the (supposedly) last remaining gas lit lamps in Hong Kong. I have no idea if it's actually really true but everything here took a bit of a major battering last year when Typhoon Mangkhut blew through and caused a fair bit of damage. Anyway, this is where they have their photo taken which becomes a small plot point later in the film.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Peel Street, Central

After going up the escalator at Staunton Street, the couple suddenly appear on Peel Street. The top image shows the small shrine that Peel Street is known for - it also made a brief appearance in Invisible Waves. Also, there are still some common elements seen on the other images that were in place all the way back in 2009 when Push was filmed.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Staunton Street, Central

After walking down Shin Hing Street they end up at the top of Elgin Street (already included in an earlier post) and then make their way to Staunton Street to ride the escalator back up the hill. As they go up the hill Ruby notices a coup[le who are ignoring each other by looking at their phones. It turns out the girl (white stillettoes) is the film's director, Emily Ting, doing an Alfred Hitchcock.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Shin Hing Street, Central

And so the epic journey begins and one of the first streets they are filmed walking down is Shin Hing Street which is located exactly next to and parallel to Mee Lun Street.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Mee Lun Street, Central

The pair initially meet outside a bar on Mee Lun Street. The guy overhears the girl speaking to her friend and the fact that she needs to get to Lan Kwai Fong but doesn't know the way. What follows is the most circuitous route ever invented for getting from Mee Lun Street to Lan Kwai Fong.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Wyndham Street, Central

This time we are up on Wyndham Street. At #77 to be precise (you can partially see the illuminated number 77 in the top centre of the image). It's hard to keep track of the number of businesses that come and go all over Hong Kong but it looks like Fizz is still there for the time being (unless the protests and coronavirus have got rid of it recently).

Friday, 31 January 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Pottinger Street, Central

There are quite a few places included in the opening sequence of the film, all centered around the popular bar and restaurant areas of Central. Here is a brief shot of Pottinger Street. Obviously this is the section, between Hollywood Road and Wellington Street, that isn't full of tourist stalls.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Elgin Street, Central

Elgin Street appears a couple of times in this film. Actually, the street really has two sections. There is the northern section, lower down the hill, between Staunton Street and Hollywood Road that can be seen as part of the establishing shots in the first image below. That screen capture shows us looking up the hill from where Elgin Street meets Hollywood Road. The lower image appears later during the couples' long and circuitous walk to Lan Kwai Fong, and shows the southern section of the street (i.e. higher up the hillside between Staunton Street and Caine Road).

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - On Hing Terrace, Central

More shots from the opening montage showing the nightlife of Hong Kong. This particular shot is of the steps of On Hing Terrace where it meets Wyndham Street. The signage in he background is for Amazake and Levels nightclub.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Monday, 27 January 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok

Another snippet from the opening montage of this film shows us the view looking north along Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Mongkok. The camera has squeezed everything in close so it looks like all the signage is bunched up here but actually, even back in 2015, I don't recall there being quite so much following a huge Govt crackdown.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Jamie Chung (2015) - View from the Peak, Hong Kong

The next film up is Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong starring Jamie Chung and her real life hubby, Bryan Greenburg. It's about two people who meet up by accident and immediately hit it off despite having respective other halves. The stand out for me is the impressive cinematography. There's lots of night scenes and in one section some great time lapse capture of various locations that I will get to in later posts.

Anyway, there are lots of great locations to include for this film but I will start off with this tilt-shift view from the Peak.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

I Come With The Rain - Josh Hartnett (2009) - Pedestrian Walkways, Central

After spotting someone who he thinks is the elusive Shitao, Kline runs around trying to figure out how to reach him. As anyone not familiar with Hong Kong knows, negotiating the labyrinthine walkways around Central can be frustrating and so it proves as Kline's quarry avoids him with ease without even realising he is being followed.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

I Come With The Rain - Josh Hartnett (2009) - View from Queensway Government Offices, Central

Sadly, most of the remainder of the locations from this film were shot at night which makes it a bit difficult to make out much detail. However, here is a nice shot of the Bank of China Tower and others as Kline heads up to a rooftop and zooms in on various locations nearby in his search for the elusive Shitao. Kline's vantage point appears top be the Queensway Government Offices above Pacific Place. The roof edge has a distinctive shape which is revealed when he goes for a run around the top.

View down to Murray Road
View between BoC and ICBC
View up Cotton Tree Drive (above)
View across to the CITIC building as Kline runs around the roof

Monday, 20 January 2020

I Come With The Rain - Josh Hartnett (2009) - Paterson Street, Causeway Bay

Speaking of Paterson Street, at various points we are shown a sort of religiously inspired street character who plays a significant role towards the end of the film. In the following scene though he is lying on the floor in one of the alleyways separating Causeway Bay Mansion and Towning Mansion, along Paterson Street, and as he looks up the open sky forms a cross shape. The first image below shows the view down the southern end of Paterson Street from just by Kingston Street.