Famous Movies Shot in Vietnam

Vietnam has numerous islands with picturesque landscapes and colonial architectures that have been a favorite among filmmakers all over the world. Few notable movies have taken advantage of the scenic backdrops of this country such as Ha Long Bay, and some were showing other countless beautiful locations all over.

So here are some of the most famous films that were shot and displayed the silver screen worthy beauty of Vietnam.

Artemis Fowl (2020)

Artemis Fowl is an upcoming American science fantasy film based on the novel by Eoin Colfer. This Disney film has been scheduled to be released on May 29, 2020. Its film stars include Hong Chau, an American-Vietnamese actress playing the role of a fairy with rejuvenating powers.

As far as with its multiple filming spots all over the world, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the featured locations that can be seen in the released trailer by Walt Disney Studios. It showed a beautiful aerial shot, including the famous and sheer number of motorbikes from this city. Since it’s not yet released, who knows what other parts of Vietnam will be included and featured from this film.

The Lover (1992)

The Lover movie was shot in Ho Chi Minh and is about the affair of a French teenage girl and a rich Chinese man. This film is filled with explicit full frontal nudities, but these controversial sex scenes were filmed in the city of Paris. During the time that this movie was made, they were not allowed to shot explicit content in Vietnam, which is why they filmed the scenes in France.

The makers of the film claimed that this movie was the first ever film to be made in Vietnam ever since the country was reunified in 1975. It took them 135 days to finish the film and because of the importation costs of shooting some scenes in Ho Chi Minh, the film cost them $30 million to produce, which is one of the reasons why this film is worth watching for.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Kong: Skull Island is an American film from the King Kong franchise. It was released on March 10, 2017, and praised for its visual effects and beautiful scenic locations and of course, a lot of the location is in Vietnam.

Most of the filming took place in the northern part of Vietnam which includes the famous Hạ Long Bay (Quảng Ninh Province), Tràng An and the entrance of Tú Làn Caves System, just to mention a few. All over the film, you will notice how beautiful the natural wonders of this country, no wonder why Kong stayed and called this place home.

Pan (2015)

Pan is a 2015 American fantasy movie based on the famous fictional character, Peter Pan, the boy who never grows old and who can fly. This film showed an alternative story between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Just like Peter, the scenes from this movie showed the brilliant landscapes and waters of Vietnam, which we can never grow old in appreciating.

Tràng An and Hal Long Bay were just some of the places that were used and featured in this film. Neverland has never been more beautiful and majestic because of these scenic locations.

Indochine (1992)

Indochine is an Academy Award Winning French film set in colonial French Indochina during the 1930s. The movie showed a story of a French who adopted a Vietnamese daughter despite the cry of independence of the Vietnamese people from French colonization.

The film featured the famous limestone islands of Ha Long Bay, Imperial City, and Phat Diem Cathedral. Catherine Deneuve, one of the actresses from this film, said to have enjoyed coffee from Café 252 in Hanoi during the time of filming

Girls 2 (2018) 

Girls 2 is a Hong Kong comedy film released on March 9, 2018. Its film stars include the boxing legend Mike Tyson. The story of this movie is somewhat like the famous Hollywood Hangover franchise. It revolves around three friends who had an out of control weekend. They became targets of local gangsters, which they retrace what they have done and trying make it back home. This film was shot entirely in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam from July to August 2016.

The Quiet American (2002)

The Quiet American is a film adaptation from the best-selling novel by Graham Greene set in Vietnam. It is a love story about the triangle that develops between a British journalist, a young American idealist, and a Vietnamese woman. This film was shot in Hanoi, Saigon, Ninh Binh and Hoi An in Vietnam which featured Hanoi’s Old quarter, Cam Name Bridge and Lam Son Square.

Whether you have seen any of these movies or not, it may be worth visiting the locations used for these films the next time you visit Vietnam.

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