The problem with this was that before websites such as HKcinemagic and HongKongonfilm started to use google map technology to chart the locations it was pretty difficult to know where to find them. It may have been that all you had to go on was the name of a place taken from the end credits, this is how I found the shopping mall from The Mission, or it maybe a landmark or a road sign that gave it away. Thanks to the sites mentioned, most locations are now quite straightforward to find, its just the getting to Hong Kong thats the hard part!
I have a few of these to post (not as many as I would like though.) and I'll be posting them over the next few weeks, I love this kind of thing and hope that you do to. While it won't be very exciting for anyone who actually lives in Hong Kong, most of us aren't that lucky.
So, first up is Wong Kar Wai's Chungking express and what used to be Midnight express, the takeaway in the movie where Faye Wong stole everybody's heart.
|I know its not the best shot, but those two dudes weren't moving for anyone!|
The location in the scene below is featured a few times in the movie as Faye "accidentally" bumps into Tony.
The scenes where Tony Leung is eating his lovely looking lunch is from the Graham street market, it may not be this exact stretch but its the same market!
Right across the road from Midnight express is the California bar, where Tony Leung drowns his sorrows as he waits for his date.
California tower was demolished last year, another Hong Kong movie landmark gone to those damn property developers.
Finally, Chungking mansions itself, it seems like a cheat to put this in as its so easy to find, its still cool though.
More to come soon, so keep an eye out for them!