The Sand Pebbles locations...

The Making of The Sand Pebbles:

http://www.stonehengemedia.com/clips/film-clips/13-the-sand-pebbles
 

The steam engine was located in California and renovated for the film. The whole engine room was built around it, on a sound stage...

Filming

The Sand Pebbles was filmed both in Taiwan and Hong Kong. It's filming, which began on November 22, 1965, at Keelung, was scheduled to take about nine weeks, but it ended up taking seven months. The cast and crew took a break for the Christmas holidays at Tamsui, Taipei.

At one point, a 15-foot camera boat capsized on the Keelung River, setting back the schedule because the soundboard was ruined when it sank. When the filming was finally finished in Taiwan, the government of the Republic of China held several members of the crew, including McQueen and his family, supposedly "hostage" by keeping their passports because of unpaid additional taxes. In March 1966, the filming finally moved to the Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong for three months, mainly for scenes in Sai Kung and Tung Chung, and then in June, it travelled to Hollywood to finish its interior scenes at the Fox Studios.

Due to frequent rain and other difficulties in Hong Kong, the filming was nearly abandoned. When he returned to Los Angeles, McQueen fell ill because he had an abscessed molar. He had not wanted to see a dentist until he returned to California. His dentist and physician ordered him to take an extended period of restóone that halted production again for weeks.

 
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Dihua Street - Taipei, Taiwan...

 

 

TAMSUI DISTRICT...

Picnic lunch on the banks of the Tam Sui - 24th March 1966...

 

 

The Post Office doesnít exist anymore like in the McQueen and Neile photo ...

 

Image photographed from Zhongzheng Road, Tamsui District looking across Tamsui River towards Mount Guanyin,Taipei

 
 

 
https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.1715286,121.4369752,3a,90y,220.04h,85.17t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_C8xvv9vFwyXkVlClrr2lw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

"Death of a Thousand cuts"

 

 

 

 

John R Hamilton Photographer on the 'Sand Pebbles' 1966...

 

John Norris - Steve McQueen's DOUBLE...

 

 

Tamsui, Taipei on the docks near where The Sand Pablo was moored (1966)...

 

 
 

 

KEELUNG DISTRICT...

 

Keelung Station (replaced in 1967)

 

Quayside of Keelung ...
In front of Customs and Maritime Museum...

Keelung, Maritime Museum in back ...
 

Keelung Quayside - in front of Customs...

 

 

KEELUNG Customs pretending to be Shanghai Customs ...

 
https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.1320605,121.7403331,3a,75y,23.5h,89.54t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sBb-Q9omxEzQeZEGOFKIw6w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Statue, near the quayside/customs, here:

https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.1318231,121.7401116,3a,75y,18.5h,89.14t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sJSrk5-_QBVrF3oebPbQVeg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

 

Correct format...

 

Location of the shipyard (Agenna Shipyard in Keelung):

 

https://www.google.fr/maps/@25.1539336,121.7689385,3a,75y,63.96h,87.92t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1rXL8RmdNDFAV9wpKbtDrw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

 

Robert Wise, Director...

Suzuki T20

 

 

GRAND HOTEL, Taipei, Taiwan - 1966...

http://www.thesandpebbles.com/bergen/bergen.htm
 

History of the Grand Hotel - http://taipics.com/ghotel.php

 

 

Terraced Rice Fields...

 

The building is superimposed and doesnít really exist (and never did). It looks as though the area might be called Zhuzihu I think, which means bamboo river. The road itself is Zhuzihu Lu (i.e. Zhuzihu Road). Did you notice that the rice terrace walls are still the same shape as back in 1966?

There is a brief description on this website about the area: https://guidetotaipei.com/visit/zhuzihu-%E7%AB%B9%E5%AD%90%E6%B9%96

Also, if you look at the other screen grabs showing the guys on the stone steps above the valley, it looks like those steps were positioned in the same area but up the hill.

Anyway, congrats on finding all these locations.

Phil

P.S I will be in Taipei for several weeks in the summer and will try and visit these places to get some better photos. Iíll let you know later in the year if I am successful.

Yangmingshan National Park was used for several film locations...

The images around the rice terraces were filmed in Yangmingshan Park, just north of Taipei. Here is a link to the rough area:

https://earth.app.goo.gl/?apn=com.google.earth&ibi=com.google.b612&isi=293622097&ius=googleearth&link=https%3a%2f%2fearth.google.com%2fweb%2f%4025.17843942,121.54211278,700.24334717a,0d,60y,251.84400324h,83.41382193t,0r%2fdata%3dIhoKFmdKR05BalAyeks3TWt1bEd4UTZKclEQAg

 

My best guess is somewhere around this point: https://earth.app.goo.gl/?apn=com.google.earth&ibi=com.google.b612&isi=293622097&ius=googleearth&link=https%3a%2f%2fearth.google.com%2fweb%2f%4025.17959668,121.54336265,767.67852783a,0d,90y,220.54183524h,74.71871843t,0r%2fdata%3dCgAiGgoWVVpmNW5rcTY5R3N2enlJdWh0RDUwZxAC

But Iím not sure if the steps would have been immediately in front, or behind where the google camera is (i.e steps connecting this part and the upper part of the road above). Without being there itís hard to see the view to determine one way or the other.

This is the view from the upper part of the road: https://earth.app.goo.gl/VUmeD

Anyway, as I said this is a best guess based on the angles of the rice terraces with the hills behind.

Phil...

 

 

 

 

Link to boy background:

http://bit.ly/2D3x2HP

Temple boy background close-up:

http://bit.ly/2AZX24U

 

 

 

 

 

Section 1, Binhai Road, Tamsui District, Taiwan...

 

 

Bade Pond Ecological Park,

Xingfeng Road, Bade city, Taoyuan, Taiwan...

 

 

Where was the 'elephant sculpture' scene filmed?

"The elephant you are keen to identify is not something from Hong Kong. There are no Ming tombs here and no elephant statues. Sorry about that. Your best bet will be to concentrate on Taipei or Keelung I feel."

"I think it is most likely Taiwan. The style of temple is similar to older ones found in Taiwan. Hong Kong doesn't have temples like this and certainly very few have so much space around them."

 

 

 

The Ming Dynasty Tombs may have been copied for the scene in The Sand Pebbles...

Location with sailors - Ming Dynasty Tombs

http://www.historynet.com/gallery-life-on-the-yangtze.htm

 

The 'Elephant statue' scene may have been filmed back in Hollywood and the idea could have been copied for cultural and historical reasons. The elephants were possibly modelled on the Chinese style of those on display at the Ming Dynasty Tomb in China as the film was suppose to be based around the Shanghai area...

 

 

 

Arriving at HONG KONG...

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/m.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/film-tv/article/1935713/when-steve-mcqueen-was-talk-town-hong-kong%3famp=1

McQueen arrives at Kai Tak airport on 22nd March 1966 from Taiwan with his wife and two children on his way to Hong Kong and Sai Kung...On May 15, 1966 McQueen left with his family for London to begin working on the motor racing movie DAY OF THE CHAMPION...this was shelved so the McQuuens flew back to California instead!

http://m.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/film-tv/article/1935713/when-steve-mcqueen-was-talk-town-hong-kong
 

McQueen's daughter attended the Maryknoll Convent school in Kowloon Tong...

 

Filmed at Shaw Brothers Studio and Sai Kung & Pyramid Hill...

West Dam of High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung was where The Sand Pebble battle scenes were filmed...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a8tpClQVVhs
 

 

"As I mentioned on gwulo, I donít believe there were any land-based scenes done in Hong Kong, they were all boat-based and filmed around High Island in Sai Kung (before it was turned into a reservoir) and also at least two shots were filmed a little further north along and near the Tolo Channel."

 

First Unit work was completed May15th, 1966...

 

 

Filming at HOUSTON, TEXAS

Houston was used for one day for several scenes on the ship: During filming on the USS Texas at the San Jacinto Battleground outside Houston, Texas, Steve McQueen sent waves of fear through director Robert Wise when an old friend brought his Triumph motorcycle out to him - McQueen jumped on the motorcycle and roared off, not returning for almost an hour...

http://www.chron.com/local/history/culture-scene/article/Texas-Sails-Again-10999114.php#photo-12194853
 

http://www.thesandpebbles.com/uss_texas/uss_texas_sandpebbles.html

 

 

 

 

Filming at the 20th Century Fox Ranch {Malibu Creek Skate Park}...

The actors wait to film inside the missionary scene with two soldiers waiting behind Steve McQueen and Candice Bergen...

 

 

Filming at the 20th Century Fox Sound Studios...

Richard Crenna - Captain and Steve McQueen...

 

 

 

 

 

Twentieth Century-Fox set up a publicity tour for Steve McQueen to promote the film. McQueen made rare TV appearance on the TOAST OF THE TOWN (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show"), WHAT'S MY LINE? and THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON.

 

 

 

 

20th December, 1966

 

 
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