High Five: Popular Hollywood Films Shot in Southeast Asia

by Harvey Llamosa
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Some of the countries are bringing back the cinemas after a year of the pandemic but most of us are still in houses enjoying our little screen watching our favorite movies. We are all missing the theaters, right?

While we are still staying at home, check out these High Five iconic Hollywood movies shot in our very own region, Southeast Asia.

Crazy Rich Asians (Singapore)

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First in the list is of course the box-office hit Crazy Rich Asians. A film based on the novel with the same title by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians was not only shot in Singapore but also has an all-Asian cast.

The film centers on the life of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she has to deal with the family of her soon-to-be husband Nick Young (Henry Golding). The film features iconic landmarks in Singapore like the Merlion Park, the Changi Airport, the historical CHIJMES (Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Middle Education School) complex, and the Marina Bay Sands.

The Hangover Part II (Thailand)

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One of the craziest Hollywood films by the award-winning director, Todd Philips, The Hangover series goes to Thailand for its second film.

The Hangover Part II features the story of Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) as they go to Thailand for the wedding of Stu. Like in the first movie, they had a bachelor’s party the night before the wedding and crazy things happened right after. The film showcased the busy city of Bangkok and a beautiful island in Krabi Province.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Cambodia)

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Next on our list is the first film of the Angelina Jolie-led Lara Croft: Tomb Raider series.

Based on the titular video game, Tomb Raider, Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) is on a mission to retrieve an ancient talisman with the ability to control time. The movie was shot in different iconic locations globally but one ancient location in Southeast Asia was heavily featured, the historical Ta Prohm temple, in Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.

Entrapment (Malaysia)

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Another iconic Hollywood movie shot in Southeast Asia, specifically in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the Entrapment featuring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The film focuses on a billion-dollar heist by Virginia Baker (Catherina Zeta-Jones) and Robert MacDougal (Sean Connery) at the turn of the New Millennium in the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the famous landmarks in Malaysia.

The Bourne Legacy (The Philippines)

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The final Hollywood movie in our list is The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz which featured The Philippines.

The film follows the story of Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) together with Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz) as they try to survive from the deadly hands of Eric Byer (Edward Norton). The film featured a motorcycle run in the busy streets of Manila, a chase scene in Marikina Public Market, a shot in Intramuros, and a finale on the beautiful island of El Nido, Palawan.

Check these movies on your favorite streaming platforms. Do you know other Hollywood movies shot in our region?  Share it on the comment section below.

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