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Island of Fire - Behind the Scenes

Director Chu Yen-Ping on location with three of the film's many main actors. Island of Fire features one of Hong Kong Cinema's most incredible ensemble casts. Unfortunately, I've never seen any noteworthy behind-the-scenes material from it, just this one picture here.


Call Me Dragon - Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall

Here comes another blurry Call Me Dragon location. I searched this place because I've seen it in Drunken Master (1978). Later, I recognized it in several movies from the late 70s. Ng See-Yuen's Call Me Dragon (1973) is the oldest martial arts film I know that was shot at Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall.





Walk on Fire - Portas do Cerco

A simple car chase evolves into a political situation at the barrier gate separating Macau from mainland China. Obviously, the area around the arch went through some significant changes. Built in 1849 by the Portuguese, the gate served as a de facto boundary, but the precise limits of Macau's border has never been formally demarcated.


Painted Faces - Lee Kum Kee

The Seven Little Fortunes turn out to be a bunch of cheeky badgers. They take the bus without buying tickets. Their journey via public transport leads them past Lee Kum Kee's flagship shop in Macau. It's quite an achievement to be the world's biggest producer of oyster sauce but putting your company name in a film starring Sammo Hung is another level of prestige.


Walk on Fire - Tin Sum Police Station

A few days ago, I've already posted some pics from this building's left side because it was a filming location for Devil Hunters (1989). Filmed in 1988, the Wong Kar-Wai scripted actioner Walk on Fire gives us a quick glimpse of Tin Sum Police Station's right side.
Walk on Fire is a good old 80s Hong Kong style cop flick starring Andy Lau, Kent Cheng, Cherie Chung, Ray Lui and one of my favorite villains of all time: Dick Wei.


Painted Faces - Sacred Heart Church

The Seven Little Fortunes clash with the students of another school in front of this beautiful church in Sai Kung. The building's striking exterior and the boys' clothes create a really nice color palette.




Call Me Dragon - Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

Macau 1973, Bruce Leung Siu-Lung and Yasuaki Kurata clarify their differences in front of the picturesque Chapel of St. Francis Xavier. They even fight their way up to the building's roof. Sorry for the washed-out quality of the screenshots, some cinematic milestones just don't get the 4K Blu Ray release they deserve.






Inglourious Basterds - Hohe Strasse, Sebnitz

This location is just an half hour drive away from my mom's place. I don't know why it took me so long to visit it but yesterday was the day. The bad news: The house was built for the movie and is gone. The good news: Hans Landa and his Gestapo henchmen are gone too.











Devil Hunters - Tin Sum Police Station

Sibelle Hu leaving the Tin Sum Police Station in Hong Kong's New Territories South District. The building still looks like in 1989, but the flags next to the entrance have changed.



Little Superman - Guia Fortress

The Guia Fortress is a 17th-century colonial military fort, chapel and lighthouse complex in Macau. In Little Superman, the fortress provides a proper filming location for an old school foot chase and some hectic brawls. By the way, one of the involved fighters is a very young Mang Hoi.





Little Superman - Monte Fort

Three factors prevented me from watching this movie:
1. The film's title. Little Superman never seemed to be a tempting one for me. The German title "Karate Superman" is even more questionable.
2. The whole Bruceploitation thing. I'm a huge fan of Tower of Death and Enter the Fat Dragon but the majority of films starring doppelgangers of Bruce never appealed to me. And combining Bruce Lee with Karate and Superman was way too much for me.
3. My lacking informations about the film's cast and crew. I just didn't know it's Ng See-Yuen film.

One of the first scenes gives us a good view of the ruins of St. Paul's in Macau. Since 1975, there have been a few changes around this well known tourist attraction. The scene was filmed at Monte Fort. This great viewpoint is worth a visit.



Shaolin Abbot - Lung Ha Wan

Today, I decided to rewatch Shaolin Abbot, starring David Chiang, Lo Lieh and Lily Li. One scene jumped right into my eye because I recognized its filming location from another Shaw Brothers classic: Ten Tigers of Kwang Tung. In both films, we can see this rock formation from a more or less similar angle. By the way, both films were released in 1979. The whole Lung Ha Wan area can be seen in many martial arts films from the late 70s and early 80s. Mainly Shaw Brothers productions. If you want to see all my entries about this beautiful coastal strip, just click HERE.


Armour of God - Strossmartre, Zagreb

Strossmartre aka Strossmayer Promenade is a romantic place where you can relax and enjoy some coffee. Unless Jackie Chan is in the area...