Although my friend had introduced me to the Silver Carriage and the Barbarian previously, these two destinations were a treat for my wife and me. Just drink the lemon juice to be safe.
Then we were off to a movie. We both liked the old Chinese martial arts films from the Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong where over 800 films were produced.
Just read the subtitles and the plot played out. There were other brothers, but the best known is Run Run Shaw. The man is still alive at 103 as of this writing.
We were pleasantly surprised to see that Cheng Pei Pei played Jade Fox in the film. She was a favorite back in 1968-69 as was (Jimmy) Wang Yu.
The American movies in Shimending were in English with Chinese subtitles.
Taken from a taxi, this picture may be a theater or possibly an advertisement for a movie.
Regardless, it's on the east side of Chung Shan North Road as we are heading south toward Shimending.
This picture has been scanned at least ten times, but a bad picture can only be corrected so much.
Taken from the pedestrian bridge leading down into the district, this photo shows the buildup of traffic and the open area around the entrance.
Here we are, ready to enter the theater district.
The Ximending entrance area as it looks today
For those of you who remember the Red House Theater, it's still there.
See it by clicking HERE.
These would be some of the most popular theaters that existed back in 1968.
This may have been the Lux Theater location, even back then.
WuChang Street was the heart of the movie district back in the late 1960s.
We saw 2001: A Space Odyssey, Oliver! and Bullitt at several of the Chinese movie houses.
Just as we were getting settled in our balcony seats to watch Steve McQueen, THE chase started. If you would like to see the reality of the chase, click HERE.
A fire trap for sure, the one I was in had no windows and not enough exits. My friend and I left in a hurry.
Last thing----check out some Ximending magic---click HERE.