Tat Tak School (達德學校) was built in 1931 and originally based in the centuries-old Yu Kiu ancestral hall in Ping Shan, Yuen Long (now a declared monument). After occupying that space until 1961, the school then moved to its current location in 1974 and operated fuss free for many years. The main aim was to provide eduction to the children living in the nearby village from 1974 to 1998. The facility was closed in early 1998.
Apparently, Tat Tak School is known as a famous haunted place which was occupied by the Japanese army during the war. Based on the legend, many villagers were massacred by the Japanese soldiers and some were killed by the British troop in 1899. In 1998, there was the rumour of the school mistress committed suicide by hanging herself in the girls’ toilet while wearing a red dress, thus leaving behind a lingering red-clothed spirit. In 2001, a group of students went to explore the school but they ended up hysterically and emotionally disturbed, when one of the girls tried to strangle herself and bit another boy trying to help her. He lodged a police report eventually.
Lately, many production companies such as The Leakers (洩密者們) film directed by Herman Yau (邱禮濤) picked Tat Tak School as the location shooting and it was used as the secret meeting point for the leakers. It was also chosen as one of the location shootings for a French movie, Largo Winch (特攻闊少爺).
Among all the films, Full Strike (全力扣殺) directed by Derek Kwok (郭子健) and Henri Wong (黃智亨) was best noted for the facility in recent years. The theme was based on badminton and Ekin Cheng (鄭伊健), Edmond Leung (梁漢文) and Wilfred Lau (劉浩龍) was released from the prison in the movie.
One of the cast team members, Susan Siu (邵音音) mentioned about an incident in Tat Tak School: “There is many aspects in the film and it seems to overlap the ghost legends such as walking down that road and the red-clothed spirit was rumoured to linger over there.”
In addition, Derek shared his supernatural encounter at the facility: “Once at the location shooting in that school, the camera was faulty suddenly and the lights kept flickering. One colleague suggested to burn the joss sticks and it resumed to normal immediately but the camera had problem and the lights flickered again not long after. We realised the joss sticks were burned completely and had exceeded the shooting time as promised beforehand.” In conclusion, it is up to you to believe the ghost legends which is parts of the culture in the city after all.