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The Streets of Hong Kong - Wintertime 1936

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The Streets of Hong Kong - Wintertime 1936

Christmas decorations jostle for attention among thousands of street signs in this amateur exploration of Hong Kong Island’s busy streets.

Amateur film 1938 17 mins

Overview

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If you think your local high street gets busy at Christmas, this striking amateur film is sure to be an eye-opener. Keen amateur filmmaker Edwin G. Phillips spent some time in Hong Kong in the 30s, but his camera retains a tourist's fascination with novelty and difference. Whether it's a curious shop sign or the “picturesque oriental costumes” of Chinese women, little escapes his acquisitive gaze.

Other sights encountered during this amateur travelogue include a newly built Chinese Methodist church, a street market, a lavish wedding procession, and a sword-swallowing street entertainer.