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Hong Kong (& Macau) Movie Stuff: Pedicab Driver – Sammo Hung (1989)

Staying in Macau however shifting on to the subsequent movie, Pedicab Driver. It tells the story of a gaggle of pedicab drivers (pedicabs are the Macau equal of rikshaws however contain pedal energy fairly than straight up operating/pulling means). You may nonetheless spot them in Macau very similar to you used to have the ability to spot rikshaws in Hong Kong – relegated to photograph alternatives on the fundamental vacationer haunts (recall this submit from January) – however nobody rides them in Macau anymore.

The opening scene of the movie takes place as two completely different factions of employees – drivers and labourers – argue over who ought to get what sort of work and the tense state of affairs is tipped over the sting by a gormless chef (Eric Tsang) as he runs into the room carrying a chopper while attempting to ward off some vermin.

The placement of this scene was areal life restaurant known as the 六國飯店 (Luk Kwok Jau Dim – the perfect translation is “Six Nation Resort”) – to not be confused with the same-name institution in Hong Kong on which The World of Suzie Wong was supposedly based mostly.

The doorway we see firstly of the movie was situated on Rua de Cinco de Outubro, simply off the western finish of Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro and this is similar entrance that Eric Tsang’s character falls down as he runs away from the brawlers on the finish of the scene.

I am undecided what occurred to the previous block, however I think it has been torn down. Fortunately GoogleEarth has a picture from 2008 which may be seen right here (Chrome wanted). However it seems that the restaurant closed circa 1990 – this might clarify why the movie crew have been ready to make use of it for filming – maybe it had already closed by then? The doorway on Rua de Cinco de Outubro was blocked up and the byuilding seems to have sat empty for a very long time. It is simply one other so as to add to my to-do checklist for when Macau lastly opens as much as non-gambling vacationers once more (who is aware of when?).

Rua de Cinco de Outubro


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