Faking 1950s Hong Kong: Film Set and Props Factory

Rickshaws and bicycles

These photos are from a trip to the Xiqiao Mountain Film Studio in Foshan (in Guangdong, China). The set builders and prop artisans were getting prepared for the start of filming of a Hong Kong-Mainland China co-production—Ip Man: Final Fight, the third film in the Ip Man martial arts trilogy. They were recreating a few different districts in 1950s Hong Kong, with the set covering several city blocks.

View the entire series of 109 photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskBknTgo

Set at Xiqiao Mountain Film Studio

Across the main square

At that time, the buildings were covered with bamboo scaffolding as workers apply the finishing touches to the exteriors. Shooting will begin in early August.

Workers take a break in the scaffolding

What I found most interesting about the site was that everything was fake.  I had though a lot of things might have been sourced from antique stores; however, everything has been (or is being) created from scratch, including…

Fake roast chicken and geese

Fake bottles

Fake mailboxes (with fake weathering)

Fake phone booth, fake rotary phone, real girl

The props are created in a nearby warehouse/factory (the photo at the top of the page was taken there).

Making money

Money!

Most of the ground level rooms seem to be functional. For example, here is a beauty salon.

Beauty salon

And here is equipment for a dentist’s office.

Now rinse thoroughly

Apparently, the set will not be dismantled at the end of filming. It will be kept intact for future productions taking place in Hong Kong around the same time period.

All aboard for a trip back in time

View the entire series of 109 photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskBknTgo

~by longzijun

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