Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Les Nuits Rouges du Bourreau de Jade - Carrie Ng (2010) - #30 Po Shan Road, Midlevels

The last post for this film, Les Nuits Rouges du Bourreau de Jade, is a nice one for me because it involves one of my favourite Hong Kong buildings, long since sadly demolished. The house may be gone but it's memory is etched into the rather bloody finale of the film as Carrie takes on all comers with her removable killing finger nails.

Those who follow this blog, and perhaps Asian films in general, will remember this location as the house where Tang Wei and her dissident cohorts hole up in an effort to get close to Tony Leung's Japanese collaborating official in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution. It is the old art deco mansion at 30 Po Shan Road. In Les Nuits Rouges du Bourreau de Jade though we get to see significantly more of the property as the end sequence is shot throughout the building and includes a few scenes on the rooftop. Suffice to say this post is a bit more heavy on the screencaps than I would usually allow.

The final scene of the film shows Carrie walking off into the woods as the police turn up to clean up her mess. I believe this public pathway is the one that sneaky movie fans can go down to catch a glimpse of the old hillside terracing behind Realty Gardens that used to be part of the old Mok Villa and were featured in Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.

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