Chungking Express - The Apartment

Well, I've found the spot, although the building seems to have been renovated and turned into an Indian restaurant. There's two shots looking out of the apartment which give away its location.

One of Tony Leung looking into the apartment, after seeing Faye Wong throwing paper aeroplanes and one of of Faye cowering, after being confronted by Tony at the door of his apartment. They both clearly show the frontage of Former Central Police Station Compound, looking up Old Bailey Street, with the kink in the Mid-Level Escalators at the junction of Hollywood Road and Cochrane Street also shown.

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  1. Hi Daniel --

    BTW, you do know that at the time that "Chungking Express" was filmed, Tony's apartment in the film was actually Christopher Doyle's in real life, right? :)

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  2. I just realized something while looking at the Google Streetview of the corner of Old Bailey and Hollywood. That spot where the old Paisano's used to be and where the new Indian restaurant, Jashan, is now was not there at the time of shooting. In other words it is a new addition that was added on to the much taller building which is the building that Doyle lived (lives?) in. How do I know? Well, the shot of Tony looking into the apartment (there is one of Faye earlier as well with the 'The New Age Shop' on Old Bailey easily readable behind her (It's still there)), you can see that there is quite a distance from the kink where he is standing to the apartment window. The new addition to the building brings the kink and the escalator walkway far too close to the building wall. That pretty much proves it. Plus, in the shot of Faye running out of the room, you can see more of the side of the escalator walkway, but it is not obscured with the building on the corner. It must have been a parking lot of something back then, which allowed the space that you see in those shots from inside the apartment facing the Central Police Station etc.

    Cheers!

    Marvin (bluegrassish@gmail.com)

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  3. Sorry, rather, the much taller building is the new addition that was not there during the shooting of Chungking. It is the very tall building that houses the Indian restaurant. The building behind that one (which is pinkish in color) is shorter, and the third to last floor is Doyle's.

    Cheers.

    Marvin (bluegrassish@gmail.com

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