17/07/2018 12:00pm

Listen & Learn: Battle for Hong Kong and the 3 Years and 8 Months Japanese Occupation

Longtime Sai Kung resident Bill Lake will give a presentation at the Hive Sai Kung about the Battle for Hong Kong and the 3 Years and 8 Months Japanese Occupation. Bill has been researching the battle and the Japanese occupation for more than twenty years. He regularly gives talks and presentations in schools and museums and even takes members of the public on various battlefield tours.

He has lived in Hong Kong for over 50 years and moved to Sai Kung back in 1986. Originally, the British Army (Royal Artillery) sent him to Hong Kong for 2½ years, but Bill managed to get posted to the next Regiment as well, then left the army to stay in HK, initially working in the security industry. After being offered the lead role in a movie titled “Anti-Corruption” (1975) Bill left the security business and spent the next 30+ years working in movies and in TV shows. I used to do my own fight scenes and minor stunts, but now I am too old and inflexible to do it any longer. But I can say I have worked with the best HK has to offer like Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fatt, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao and a host of others.

During the presentation, you will see what HK was like prior to the Japanese invasion, the thinking of the day and how the battle unfolded. Many of the locations will be known to most of you, but here you can see just how barren Hong Kong was during those years. The sheer bravery of the untrained Canadians (and HK forces), against the savageness of the Japanese Imperial might. 15,000 against almost 50,000.

You will learn about the Japanese Kamikaze boat caves on Lamma Island and why the boats were never used and how the Japanese Kempeitai (Military Police) used the building that’s home to the Lok Yuk Kindergarten.

This presentation lasts approximately 2 hours and includes a question and answer session afterward.

All funds raised during this presentation will be donated to the HONG KONG EX-SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION of which Bill is an active member.

Come and join us for this inspiring presentation.

RSVP to skhosts@thehive.com.hk

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