Friday, 28 November 2014

In search of Bruce Lee’s last filming location

My claims to fame are so few and far between that every so often I feel the need to relive some old glory, and so here is a look back at one of the more challenging, and ultimately frustrating, film location identifications I became involved with back in the summer of 2009.

I had been contacted in May or June time by a chap called John Little - perhaps not that well known to many readers here but a big name in both the bodybuilding and Bruce Lee worlds.For those who don't know, John is famous in the world of fitness and exercise for his regular writing and research into bodybuilding and he also made quite a name for himself as the archivist/author for the Lee estate throughout the 1990's - authoring and editing several books on Lee as well as producing a highly regarded documentary called A Warrior's Journey.

After a self-enforced exile of several years John was in the pre-production phase for a new documentary concerning many of the filming locations used in several of Lee's later films. He had contacted me on the strength of my Lee-obsessed posts on version one of this blog and was hoping to get me involved for the Hong Kong and Macau aspect of the filming.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Police Station Turrets

Some time ago, my buddy Angus (who, by the way, has his own rather excellent and fascinating HK blog) suggested I write a post about some of the old (and not so old it seems) turrets on many of the police stations dotted around the territory. These things are everywhere and, to be honest, I was baffled as to why they exist in the first place because I really couldn’t envisage them affording any sort of any practical use against a mass of unruly protesters besieging a police station. I should mention this post was originally published long before the Occupy protesters took hold of various parts of town, and way before the police decided to show the world that they are no longer quite the fine force we once took them to be. In hindsight, it seems as though whoever designed these stations wasn't quite as naive about these things as I am and perhaps they may prove to be of some use sometime in the future...

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Walking from Shek Mun Kap to Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island

There's no originality at all on my part for this post because I have more or less lifted it from one of my favourite books (still a favourite, even after living in HK for nearly 9 years) from Pete Spurrier’s The Leisurely Hiker's Guide to Hong Kongnow in its 5th printing I hasten to add. Additionally, since re-reading Martin Booth's Gwei Lo not so long ago, I suspect this walk is highly likely to be the same one done by his family back in 1953 - the difference for us is that I am sure the path wasn't quite so well-trodden and they got to spend a night at the monastery before the return journey.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

King Yin Lei, Wanchai

It's probably fair to say that of all the buildings in Hong Kong, King Yin Lei has held my fascination for the longest time. Of course, when I first saw the place I was only about 12 years old and it was the intriguing fortress of an evil drug-producing ex-member of the Shaolin temple who, sadly, ended up skewered on the end of a spear courtesy of a kick by Bruce Lee. But it was my, some might say, "unhealthy" obsession with that film (it was Enter the Dragon in case you hadn't guessed) that really kick-started my whole Hong Kong obsession and ultimately led me to come and live here.