By Assunta Ng
Chinatown was transformed into World War II scenes in Chinatown recently. On the 600 block of S. King St., you would find Chinese dressing in Japanese kimonos, street closed down, Massive Monkees studio turned into the filming sight, Canton Alley filled with drama. What’s going on? You wondered.
That’s Amazon’s television production pilot, “The Man in the High Castle,” based on Hugo Award winning novel written by Philip K. Dick.
In the long run, it will be great publicity for Chinatown. In the short run, Chinatown merchants were not happy because of the short notice.
“There’s no notice,” said Richard Chang, owner of Kau Kau Restaurant. He said business is down 30 percent due to blockage of cars coming in to pick up food to go.
He wished he received way in advance so he could prepare for the occasion. “Now, it looked like they are here and we have no room and time for negotiation.” (end)