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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33293 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2014-06-26 08:52:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-06-26 08:52:17 [post_content] => THE Asia-Pacific region is no stranger to the silver screen. Thanks to its bustling cities, futuristic architecture and incredible landscapes it's served as the backdrop to major feature films such as The Lord of the Rings, Entrapment and Memoirs of a Geisha. While local films are also a burgeoning industry in many of these countries, here are some of the movie sets you might recognise from English language films.
Matamata, New Zealand
It's hard to go past Peter Jackson's two trilogies for movie locations in New Zealand. The Hobbit (the third instalment of which comes out later this year) and Lord of the Rings used the superb mountains, lakes, hills, vales, dales and rivers of both the north and south island. While it's hard to pull out just one of these superb locations, probably the most famous set is Hobbiton in Matamata south of Auckland which has now been permanently established as a tourist attraction complete with real hobbit holes. Fans of the movies can have beef and ale pie at The Green Dragon Inn or head to the Shire Store for other products. [caption id="attachment_33295" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Matamata. Pic: Hobbitontours.com"][/caption]
Silverton, Australia
You might well ask what or where, but Silverton is quite possibly Australia's most famous movie town. Located near Broken Hill in New South Wales it's wonderful colourful landscapes and beautiful old buildings have appeared in more than 140 commercials, as well as films such as Mission Impossible II, Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mad Max II and The Long Way Home. It's appeared in commercials for Coca Cola, Panasonic, LandRover, Telstra, Gatorade and MasterCard. Indeed there are plenty relics from the films around with a Mad Max V8 parked outside the pub and plenty of memorabilia inside. Today the town is home to just 50 people including several artists running museums and galleries who are obviously inspired by the incredible surrounds. [caption id="attachment_33299" align="aligncenter" width="654" caption="The Mad Max V8 outside the Silverton Hotel. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com"][/caption]
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
The world famous Petronas Towers make for an excellent, futuristic style movie set backdrop. And in the final heist scenes in the movie Entrapment about the work of art thieves, starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones, they take centre stage with shots of the 451m high twin skyscrapers from above and below, or of the pair dangling precariously from parts of them. [caption id="attachment_33296" align="aligncenter" width="406" caption="Entrapment movie poster featuring the Petronas Towers."][/caption]
Kyoto, Japan
Beautiful, historic Kyoto is the mesmerising backdrop to Memoirs of a Geisha. One of the most beautiful scenes in the movie is when the young Sayuri runs through the Fushimiri-Imari gates after meeting The Chairman (see the scene at this link). Thousands of torrii lead to the inner shrine and are brilliant orange in colour and closely spaced so they are like being inside a tunnel. The gates are actually donated by individuals and companies and their details are inscribed on each gate. [caption id="attachment_33294" align="aligncenter" width="575" caption="Pic: japan-guide.com"][/caption]
Angkor Temples, Cambodia
Fancy a little Angelina Jolie with your ancient ruins? The dramatic Ta Prohm complex, half claimed by the jungle, is the scenic backdrop where Angelina and the team from the 2001 Lara Croft filmed a scene of her being sucked beneath the earth and fighting off a six-armed guardian statue. The scene is so well known locally its often called the Angelina Jolie Temple. Whether you're a Jolie fan or not, atmospheric Ta Prohm should be on your Angkor itinerary. See the scene shot at Ta Prohm here. [caption id="attachment_33298" align="alignnone" width="654" caption="A still from the Tomb Raider scene."][/caption]   [post_title] => The Asia-Pacific's best movie set locations [post_excerpt] => THE Asia-Pacific region is no stranger to the silver screen. Thanks to its bustling cities, futuristic architecture and incredible landscapes it's served as the backdrop to major feature films such as The Lord of the Rings, Entrapment and Memoirs of a Geisha. While local films are also a burgeoning industry in many of these countries, here are some of the movie sets you might recognise from English language films. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-asia-pacifics-best-movie-set-locations [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-06-26 09:01:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-06-26 09:01:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33293 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

The Asia-Pacific’s best movie set locations

The Asia-Pacific’s best movie set locations
June 26, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE Asia-Pacific region is no stranger to the silver screen. Thanks to its bustling cities, futuristic architecture and incredible landscapes it’s served as the backdrop to major feature films such as The Lord of the Rings, Entrapment and Memoirs of a Geisha. While local films are also a burgeoning industry in many of these countries, here are some of the movie sets you might recognise from English language films.

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia
June 2, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to really get off the beaten track, feel the wind in your hair and explore some of Asia’s most beautiful regions, a motorbike is really the vehicle of choice. With options to buy or rent in many countries, it’s also often a cost effective means of getting around and leaves you plenty…>

Cambodia’s Angkor temples added to Street View

Cambodia’s Angkor temples added to Street View
April 3, 2014 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

THE spectacular temples of Cambodia’s historic Angkor civilization have been incorporated into Google’s Street View. The Internet giant said in a statement Thursday that Street View now includes more than 90,000 photographic panoramas, and allows viewers to zoom in to study carvings and other artistic and archaeological details. Built between the ninth and 14th centuries,…>

Top travel moments of 2013

Top travel moments of 2013
December 6, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM the anniversary of the Everest climb to airways that charge per weight, the release of films that put tourism on the map and lots of travel awards, 2013 has brought a range of tourism experiences to the Asia-Pacific region.  January Qantas Airways passengers between Cairns and Port Moresby watched a large python clinging to…>

The Mekong Discovery Trail: A Cambodian eco-journey

The Mekong Discovery Trail: A Cambodian eco-journey
August 19, 2013 - 0 Comments - Graham Land

A 230-KILOMETER path traversing the north-east of Cambodia along the fabled Mekong River, the Mekong Discovery Trail is an exciting opportunity to combine cycling and cultural community-based tourism. The trail starts at the Laos border and takes you into the heart of the Mekong, with ample opportunities for homestays in traditional villages and chances to…>

In pictures: Watery sojourns on the Mekong

In pictures: Watery sojourns on the Mekong
July 17, 2013 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

MEASURING a vast 4350km the Mekong River, the 12th largest in the world, runs like a vein through Asia, bringing life and industry to  China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and all the communities who live and work along its banks. For travellers too it has become an important part of an Asian sojourn.…>

Website offers choice of Angkor sunset sites

Website offers choice of Angkor sunset sites
July 5, 2013 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has joined hands with Australia in an effort to use the Internet to help preserve its fabled Angkor Wat temple complex, the Australian Embassy announced Thursday. As part of a master plan to limit damage to the complex, a recently opened website, Angkor Sunset Finder, will give tourists recommendations…>

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