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  1. Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd was the largest film production company of Hong Kong. In 1925, three Shaw brothers - Runje, Runme, and Runde - founded Tianyi Film Company (also called Unique) in Shanghai, and established a film distribution base in Singapore, where Runme and the youngest brother, Run Run Shaw, managed the precursor to the parent company, the Shaw Organisation. In 1957, Run Run Shaw moved to Hong Kong, set up a new company called Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Ltd, and built a new studio at Clearwater Bay, which officially opened in 1961 as Movietown. In the mid-1960s, Movietown was the largest and best-equipped studio in Chinese filmmaking as well as the largest privately owned studio in the world, with 15 stages, two permanent sets, state-of-the-art film-making equipment and facilities, and 1,300 employees. The 1960s was a period of intense rivalry between Shaw Brothers and Cathay Organisation, but eventually Shaw Brothers gained the upper hand and Cathay ceased film production in 1970. Some of Shaw Brothers' most notable films were made in this period, including The Magnificent Concubine, The Love Eterne, as well as One-Armed Swordsman, which broke the box office records and spawned multiple sequels. Over the years the film company produced some 1,000 films, some of them being the most popular and significant Chinese-language films of the period. The studio popularised the kung-fu genre of films, which later included Five Fingers of Death and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. In the 1970s, Shaw Brothers faced a strong challenge from a new studio, Golden Harvest, which had considerable success internationally with the martial arts film 'Enter the Dragon' starring Bruce Lee. Shaw Brothers then also began to co-produce films with western producers for the international market, and invested in films such as Meteor and Blade Runner. However, Shaw Brothers ceased film production in 1986 because of competition from Golden Harvest and increasing piracy, focusing instead on TV production. In 1986, Movietown became TV City, which was leased to TVB for TV production. In 1988, the company was reorganized under the umbrella of Shaw Organisation. In the 1990s, Shaw again started making a few films, but no longer on the same scale as before. In 2011 Shaw Brothers was reorganised into the Clear Water Bay Land Company Limited, its film production business being taken over by other companies within the Shaw conglomerate. Shaw Studios / Movietown has been vacant since 2003. There are plans to eventually turn it into a Grade I historical site but there is no sign of this taking place at the moment. Shaw Studios has since relocated to a new site in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong. Hong Kong is extremely hot and humid at this time of year, often with up to 95% humidity, so this was a tiring explore. The mosquitoes and cockroaches absolutely love it though so you're never short of a few friends along the way ..... If you ever come here, definitely pack some bug spray. Now, despite covering a lot of ground in a few hours here, we only managed to see a fraction of what is left. It's absolutely massive. There are a couple of active looking buildings but the majority is completely deserted. I wish we'd gone back to see the rest but too many #gintops (don't ask *smh*) got in the way. Hong Kong's a pretty epic place but I would recommend visiting at another time of year to avoid the humidity. There's a lot to explore so I may return next year. Shaw studios will be the first place I come back to if I do. For a more extensive report check out drhowser's report here > https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/shaw-bros-studios-hong-kong-sept-17.109830/#post-1182300 This building appeared to be set up for functions Studio named after George Clooney randomly Rooms of old film reels and projection equipment just lying around.... This was the guy who made it all happen. He lived until the age of 106!! RIP Sir Shaw 謝謝你的期待
  2. Such a unique location, very weird but fascinating that someone lived in there!
  3. Loving this mate. Your photos are exceptional 👌
  4. Everyone has their weird fetishes in this hobby whether it be staircases, corridors, toilets or ermmm dead animals..... I like finding creepy dolls! They carry a certain sadness about them as they all had owners once upon a time, but now nobody loves them and they've been left to rot all on their own. You often find them sat on chairs looking at you as you enter the room, the freaky little fuckers. Anyway, I'll start proceedings with this tiny doll I found sat in the dark next to some mouldy jam in St Clement's psychiatric hospital. Scared the shit out of me!
  5. Wow these are fucking awesome, who is the artist?? Reminds me a bit of the graffiti school in Belgium (now demolished)
  6. You can't go wrong with that, it's actually a really good camera
  7. Awesome! Great first post and welcome to the forum
  8. It just needs some creepy as fuck dolls or something!
  9. Amazing building! Thanks for sharing with us
  10. Very nice mate, seems like every room is a different colour!
  11. You never fail to impress! Another absolute stunner! What lens did you take no.6 with?? The desk shot...
  12. Great report! Must have taken some effort to get there
  13. Hasn't changed much in all those years. The royal navy chopper is cool
  14. Interesting place. Don't think I'd fancy spending every day underground with a load of naked sweaty men, I'm sure it would appeal to others though 😛
  15. Looks like some interesting stuff left behind in there. I've added some spaces between your pics and removed the dead links. Let us know if you want to re-add the pics that weren't showing
  16. I believe we may have met at the weekend in Vienna! I've heard this story 😛
  17. Looks like you covered every inch of the place
  18. What camera did you go for? I've moved this to the camera and photography section
  19. Thanks for sharing, we don't see much from the Czech republic. Looks like a decent mine and some great historical details there.
  20. Good effort there. Not seen a water tower quite like that before. I've added some spaces inbetween your pics
  21. Great set Andy. Not as cool as it used to be but still worth a visit
  22. Engedi Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel built was built in 1842, rebuilt in 1867 and modified in 1890. The present chapel, dated 1867, is built in the Classical style of the gable entry type, to the design of architect Richard Owen of Liverpool by Evan Jones of Dolyd and cost £4579. The Classical front is of granite masonry with Penmon stone dressings and a portico. The chapel is now Grade II listed. The interior contains an octagonal pulpit and an ornate organ with classical detailing including Corinthian pilasters and swags. The raked galley is on three sides and is supported by cast iron columns with brackets and foliate capitals. The ceiling consists of 15 square panels, again very heavily decorated with classical mouldings and with ornate roses to the centre of each providing ventilation and fittings for lights. The basement has a ministers room, offices and a schoolroom. The chapel was sold at auction in April 2014 for £45,000 after having been disused for a number of years. At this time it remains disused and in a state of disrepair. One thing Wales has in abundance is abandoned chapels. They're not my kind of thing especially but as chapels go this is a pretty decent one. Andy K found this a couple of years ago and amazingly it hasn't changed a lot bar some extra pigeons and their wicked ways. Visited again with @Andy & @Miss.Anthrope. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Diolch am edrych eto
  23. Wow how cool is that! Love it 👌
  24. That's very nice mate. Also loving that green room
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