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The Kozo in Hong Kong Challenge  

 
The following feature originated back in 2002, when the webmaster visited Hong Kong and took all sorts of pictures related—either directly or tangentially—to actual Hong Kong Cinema locations. He also challenged the readers to find other esoteric HK movie locations during their own trips to Hong Kong. These are the results of that challenge.  

 
The alleyway from PTU - submitted by Ryan Passmore 3/2004
Bangkok Chinatown from The Legend of Speed - submitted by Daniel Lavoie 6/2004

Shaw Brothers set seen in Royal Tramp - submitted by Dr. Sean Tierney 7/2004
View from the Tsing Ma Bridge as seen in Heroic Duo - submitted by Dr. Sean Tierney 7/2004
 

 



The alleyway from PTU
submitted by Ryan Passmore

Reader Ryan Passmore submitted this shot he took of an alley off Queen's Road in Central (near the Tourist Information Centre). Ryan states that he is 95% sure it's the same alley that Lam Suet lost his gun in during the early minutes of Johnnie To's PTU. We tend to agree.

The real location as taken by Ryan Passmore >>

 
 
<< A scene from PTU. It seems that Ryan's picture was taken farther down the alley than this screenshot was, though the similar architecture and layout seems to suggest we have a match.
 
 
<< Another scene from PTU. While the screenshot is again more shallow than Ryan's picture, the tiling on the floor seems to be the same. Nice find, Ryan!
 

 

Bangkok Chinatown from
The Legend of Speed
submitted by Daniel Lavoie

Reader Daniel Lavoie submitted this picture, which doesn't qualify as Hong Kong, but certainly is a distinctive location from a Hong Kong film. In this case, the flick is the kickass Ekin Cheng street racing flick The Legend of Speed. In the featured sequence, Sky (Cheng) has just checked into a Bangkok hotel in search of his long-lost dad (Blackie Ko). The location is also featured in a sequence where Cheng stabs Moses Chan Ho with an AIDS-infected syringe, but we've decided not to take screenshots of that part.

The real location as taken by Daniel Lavoie>>

 
Actual shots from the film, which show the same signs and buildings. We also get fine views of Ekin Cheng's magnificent, god-like hair.
 

 


The Shaw Brothers set as seen in
Royal Tramp
submitted by Sean Tierney

In 2002, Sean Tierney had a chance to tour the Shaw Brothers sets and happened to snap a photo in front of this well-worn structure. As luck would have it, the angle of his photo is almost identical to a scene from the Stephen Chow film Royal Tramp! However, the foot traffic was a lot thinner when Sean visited.

The real location as taken by Sean Tierney>>

 
 
<< The same set location as seen in Stephen Chow's Royal Tramp. By the way, that's Sean Tierney in the above photo standing next to Dr. Cheung Pak-Tong, head of Hong Kong Baptist University's Cinema Department and director of Marianna.
 

 

View from the Tsing Ma Bridge
as seen in Heroic Duo
submitted by Sean Tierney

Reader Sean Tierney submitted the following find: a view from the Tsing Ma Bridge identical to that seen in the male bonding action flick Heroic Duo, starring Leon Lai and Ekin Cheng. In the film sequence, Officer Ken (Ekin Cheng) is escaping from the cops, and jumps from the Tsing Ma Bridge to make good his getaway. Please don't cry; he lives, and goes on to rout the bad guys in ass-kicking, homoerotic fashion.

The real location as taken by Sean Tierney>>

 
 
<< A scene from Heroic Duo. At first glance, one might think it's an exact copy of the above picture made murky to better imitate a DVD screen capture. However, the water trail left by the boat disproves that theory. HA!
 
 
<< Another shot from the same scene in Heroic Duo. This is a pullback shot revealing part of the Tsing Ma Bridge and, in the lower right hand corner, Ekin Cheng as Officer Ken! Yes, that's Ekin Cheng. It's not some guy in a suit pretending to be Ekin Cheng; it's really him. If you doubt us, go buy a copy and see for yourself. It's better than For Bad Boys Only.
 

 
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