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Friendly Smile | by Jon Siegel
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Friendly Smile

Found this wonderful bar over on Mosque Street while location scouting. From the outside and at first glance, it might appear the same as any other KTV joint, but this place felt quite similar to bars I used to frequent back in Tokyo. The walls covered in Christmas lights and funny little toys, bottles along the bar counter with the names of their respective owners. A few TVs playing Cantonese karaoke vids. People there on dates, locals hanging out, a fairly normal crowd of people and the staff seemed genuinely happy to be there. The far back of the bar, a large billiards table and a even an old, dusty UFO catcher.

 

Oh, and it's a great spot for mirror wall shots with lots of odd lights in the background. Spent a solid hour shooting in there and no one lifted a finger to stop or interupt us.

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Taken on August 23, 2012