I’m a sucker for a good film noir. Or one filmed in an exciting location.
I stumbled across The Scavengers on Netflix a couple years ago and while the acting and cinematography are lackluster at best, I pushed that aside and immersed myself into late 1950s Hong Kong.
Vince Edwards is an American smuggler living in Asia. One day while making a deal near the Macao ferry pier in Hong Kong, he spots his wife (Carol Ohmart)–who had disappeared six years earlier. Edwards follows her to Macao, where he learns why she left him and what trouble she’s gotten into since then.
The kidnapping, murder, spies, and gambling should have catapulted this film into the next Casablanca or Maltese Falcon, but alas the acting and sloppy editing get in the way. Still, if you like a good B movie and are into noir, I highly recommend The Scavengers.
At the end of the film, Edwards and his girlfriend (Tamar Benamy) seek out the police on Carnarvon Road in Kowloon. When I first moved to Hong Kong in 1990, my grandparents raved about the Kingfisher restaurant on Carnarvon Raod, their favorite place to eat in Hong Kong. I spent a few weekends browsing the crowded J-shaped street, trying to find it, but to no avail. It probably closed years earlier.