A huge collection of 1960s Hong Kong-made films has been rescued from a rubbish bin in San Francisco. SAR film buffs say the haul of 200 obscure movies with titles such as Monkey King and A Fifth Prince - found by a passerby - could be a celluloid goldmine. Classic movie specialist Lambert Yam, originally from Hong Kong but now living in San Francisco, informed the Hong Kong Film Archive he would examine the films. They were found in a rubbish bin outside the Californian city's Golden Bear restaurant this week. The films belonged to the restaurant's previous owner who dumped the canisters because she had nowhere to keep them. SAR Archive senior manager Angela Tong Wing-Sze said: 'This could be a significant find and we hope because of San Francisco's dry climate they will be in pretty good condition. 'Lambert will let us know how valuable it is in the next few days.' She said San Francisco was a rich source for old Hong Kong movies because of its large expatriate Chinese community. Mr Yam said: 'The film archives in Hong Kong only go back two years, so it would be nice to be able to go through these and see if some are worth saving.' The Archive, which has a collection of about 3,000 films, will this year move into a purpose-built complex.