Pranksters purloin prop car on 'Safe' set, James Hong joins cast

A few pranksters hopped into a NYC taxi on the set of "Safe," Friday night and drove it for about a block South on Broad Street from Walnut and then hopped out while laughing and ran off. A film spokeswoman says the taxi was promptly recovered by a crew member and that the film did file a police report.

Veteran character actor James Hong, who we loved in "Blade Runner," “The Golden Child,” and "Revenge of the Nerds 2” joins the cast of “Safe” any day now. The film has been shooting interior and exterior scenes at the Bellevue including a shoot out between the NYPD and Chinese gangsters who are looking for Mei (Catherine Zhao) a 12-year-old Chinese girl being protected by Luke (Jason Statham), a former U.S. government agent.

On Monday the film shoots along 18th Street between Chestnut and Walnut and on Sansom Street between 17th and 19th. Wednesday's work is along the 400 block of Chestnut Street.

(Photo information: Here is Hong in the "Chinese Restaurant" episode of "Seinfeld," as Snotty in "Revenge of the Nerds 2," and in "Balls of Fury.")

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