On Hollywood Road

Men who inspire: Michael Rogge

Posted in Uncategorized by Alex Daye on March 18, 2010

It seems somewhat appropriate, given this week’s surprise news that on Wing Lee Street here in Sheung Wan, a charming and increasingly rare stretch of tenements from the 1950s and 60s has been spared the wrecking ball, to share the fabulous videos of Michael Rogge, if for no other reason to see all that has been lost. Rogge is an amateur Dutch filmmaker who lived as an expat banker in Hong Kong from 1949 to 1955- an exceptionally dapper expat, I might add: Rogge and the men featured in his films stroll along McDonnell Road in crisply tailored shirts and trousers with nary a drop of sweat soiling them, sunbathe on the roof of their apartment buildings with impossibly big windows and stunning views of Victoria Harbor, pile into convertibles for picnics and swimming at Big Wave Bay and Sai Kung, living, in other words, exactly the kind of glamorous lives one dreams of (well, if that one is me) when first contemplating a move to Hong Kong.

It may very well be too late to live such picturesque life here in 2010, and God knows, we do try, but one senses that the tide is turning, and we might yet be spared the fate of living inside a giant shopping mall.


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  1. Michael Rogge said, on September 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Thanks for your nice write-up

    • jadaye said, on September 6, 2010 at 4:52 am

      And thank you Michael for the wonderful movies! We never tire of watching them…

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