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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Top 10 Foreign Movies Filmed in Malaysia

Few Malaysian's realize that Malaysia has managed to capture the attention and  interest of  Producers in Hollywood, Bollywood, Hong Kong and even Collywood (Tamil Film) from a very long time ago. Many of us do not realize what an attraction Malaysia is and  sometimes take the country  for granted.




Over the years several internationally acclaimed movies have been shot in Malaysia including a few that won the Oscars such Indochine - Best Foreign Language Film and South Pacific.

Ardent movie fans will want to see these movies to view and feel the ambiance of the locations where the movies were filmed. Watching these should remind many of us the splendour and beauty that a country like Malaysia can offer. 

The Government of Malaysia has been using films to indirectly showcase the country in its splendour for over many years now.
The following are our top 10  films that chose Malaysia as a primary location for their filming. Most became box office hits. The list start with the Musical South Pacific at No. 10



10. South Pacific


South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein andJoshua Logan. The work premiered in 1949 on Broadway and was an immediate hit, running for 1,925 performances. The story is based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific, combining elements of several of the stories. Rodgers and Hammerstein believed that they could write a musical based on Michener's work that would be financially successful and, at the same time, would send a strong progressive message on racism
The production won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Libretto, and it is the only musical production to win Tony Awards in all four acting categories. Its original cast album was the bestselling record of the 1940s, and other recordings of the show have also been popular. The show has enjoyed many successful revivals and tours, spawning a 1958 film and television adaptations
Hanalei Bay on Kauai, one of the Hawaiian Islands, together with Portinax Beach and the island of Es Vedrà in Ibiza (Balearic Islands) served as the filming locations for the film, with special effects providing distant views of the fantastic island Bali Ha'i (Es Vedrà). A second-unit filmed aerial views of Fijian islands while some sources claim footage of Tioman Island, off Malaysia's south east coast.

9. Indochine

Indochine is a 1992 French film set in colonial French Indochina during the 1930s to 50s. It is the story of Éliane Devries, a French plantation owner, and of her adopted Vietnamese daughter, Camille, with the rising Vietnamese nationalist movement set as a backdrop. The screenplay was written by novelist Erik Orsenna, script writers Louis Gardel, Catherine Cohen, and Régis Wargnier, who also directed the film. 
Much of the movie was shot in Penang, Ipoh, Parit, and Sham Alam. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in Penang
The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Catherine Deneuve received a nomination for Best Actress - her only to date. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film


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Free Full Movie Youtube - Indochine Part 1

                         Free Full Movie Youtube - Indochine Part 2

8. Beyond Rangoon
Beyond Rangoon is a 1995 drama film directed by John Boorman about Laura Bowman (played by Patricia Arquette), an Americantourist who vacations in Burma (Myanmar) in 1988, the year in which the 8888 Uprising takes place. The film was mostly filmed in Malaysia, and, though a work of fiction, was inspired by real people and real events.
Bowman joins, albeit initially unintentionally, political rallies with university students protesting for democracy, and travels with the student leader U Aung Ko throughout Burma. There, they see the brutality of the military dictators of the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC), and attempt to escape to Thailand.
The film was an official selection at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, where it was one of the popular hits of the event.
The film may have had an impact beyond movie screens, however. Only weeks into its European run, the Burmese military junta freed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi (depicted in the film) after several years under strict house arrest. The celebrated democracy leader thanked the filmmakers in her first interview with the BBC.[citation needed] Suu Kyi was re-arrested a few years later, but Beyond Rangoon had already helped raise world attention on a previously "invisible" tragedy: the massacres of 1988 and the cruelty of her country's military rulers.


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7. Anna & The King




Anna and the King is a 1999 biographical drama film loosely based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam (and its 1946 film adaptation), which give a fictionalised account of the diaries of Anna Leonowens. The story concerns Anna, an English schoolteacher in Siam, now Thailand, in the late 19th century, who becomes the teacher of King Mongkut's many children and wives.
The film was directed by Andy Tennant and stars Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-fat. It was mostly shot in Malaysia, particularly in Penang, Ipoh and Langkawi region. It was an Academy Award nominee in 1999 for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.
Watch the full movie free online:   http://megashare.info/#Search,anna and the king

6. Viral Factor 



The Viral Factor is a 2012 Hong Kong-Chinese action film directed by Dante Lam and starring Jay Chou and Nicholas Tse. The supporting cast includes Lin Peng, Bai Bing,Andy On, Carl Ng, Liu Kai-chi and Elaine Jin and the action director is Chin Kar-lok. Production started in March 2011,and it was released in January 17, 2012.

With a HK$200 million budget, lead actors Jay Chou and Nicholas Tse had a combined insurance coverage of $150 million and 20 bodyguards to protect them. The budget also included RM70,000 for apartment rentals in Kuala Lumpur. The producers borrowed airplanes from the air force, tanks and other things to use during filming.Filming locations included Hong Kong, Xi'an, Middle East and Malaysia. Around 80% of the movie was filmed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the movie, several scenes were shot in the compounds of International Medical University. One of the locations used in Malaysia was an abandoned construction site inKuala Lumpur. Among them, the scene in a traffic jam was filmed at Jalan Raja Chulan, during long weekends and public holidays when fewer people would be in Kuala Lumpur.


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Trailer - The Viral Factor.

5. Police Story 3

Police Story 3: Super Cop (Chinese: 警察故事3超級警察; Cantonese Yale: Jing cha gu shi III: Chao ji jing cha), also known as Super Cop in North America, is a 1992 Hong KongHong Kong action film starring Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh. Jackie reprises his "Kevin"Chan Ka-Kui character, a Hong Kong cop from Police Story and Police Story 2. It is the first in the series not to be directed by Jackie, with Stanley Tong taking over the helm. It is also the last appearance in the series for Maggie Cheung as Jackie's girlfriend, May. Another significant aspect of this film is that it was the first Jackie Chan film from Hong Kong to use sync sound, allowing all the actors' voices to be recorded as they spoke on scene, rather than dubbed over by different actors later
In 2009, highly acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino named Police Story III as one of his favorite films of the past seventeen years.He stated that Supercop features the “greatest stunts ever filmed in any movie ever.


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Trailer : Police Story 3
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4. Billa [2007}

Billa (Tamil: பில்லா) is a 2007 Indian Tamil gangster-thriller film directed by Vishnuvardhan. It is based on the 1980 Tamil film of the same name which was itself a remake of Hindi film Don.Ajith Kumar and Nayantara played the lead roles while Prabhu Ganesan, Namitha, Rahman, Adithya and Santhanam were also part of the cast. The film was produced by L. Suresh, while featuring musical score and soundtrack by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by Nirav Shah and editing by A. Sreekar Prasad.
The project commenced in April 2007 and was released and distributed worldwide by Ayngaran International on 14 December 2007. The film, upon release, emerged a high financial success, and was selected to be screened at the 61st Cannes Film Festival
 The film was entirely shot in Malaysia at locations including Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur overlooking the Petronas Towers and other parts.
The film was released in 229 screens in Tamil Nadu and 50 screens overseas.[29] Made on a budget of INR15 crore and sold to Ayngaran International for INR25 crore, Billa became the second highest grossing film of the year. In Chennai alone it collected INR5.65 crore. The film completed a 100 day run at theatres and was declared a blockbuster. It is reported to have grossed more than INR70 crore worldwide. In Kerala, it was supposed to have collected more than top Malayalam films of the year


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3.Sleeping Dictionary

The Sleeping Dictionary is a 2003 American romantic drama film written and directed by Guy Jenkin and starring Hugh Dancy,Jessica AlbaBrenda BlethynEmily Mortimer, and Bob Hoskins. The film is about a young Englishman who is sent to Sarawak in the 1930s to become part of the British colonial government. There he encounters some unorthodox local traditions, and finds himself faced with tough decisions of the heart involving a beautiful young local woman who becomes the object of his affections. The Sleeping Dictionary was filmed on location in Sarawak, Malaysia.


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Free Full Movie Online Youtube -The Sleeping Dictionary (For Adult Audience Only)
2. Don


Don (also known as Don: The Chase Begins Again) is a 2006 Bollywood action crime film directed by Farhan Akhtar, and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani under Excel Entertainment. This is the second installment in the Don (film series). The film stars Shah Rukh Khanin double role, opposite Priyanka Chopra in lead roles; whilst Arjun Rampal, Boman Irani, Isha Koppikar and Om Puri appear in supporting roles. It is a remake of the 1978 film of the same name, and follows a simple man from the city of Mumbai who is recruited by a police officer to masquerade as Don, the leader of an international gang of smugglers.
The film hit theaters worldwide on 20 October 2006, and screened at the Berlin Film Festival. Upon release, the film received mixed to negative critical response, however it grossed over INR1.04 billions worldwide, and managed to succeed at the box office, being declared a Hit in India and a Blockbuster in Overseas Markets by Box Office India.[2] It spawned a sequel in 2011, Don 2 which was an even bigger success than the original.
Eighty percent of the film was shot in Malaysia, and was filmed around the tropical Langkawi island as well as the Petronas Twin Towers and the Jalan Masjid India area, which is the "little India" of Kuala Lumpur


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1. Entrapment


Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Filming locations for the film include Blenheim Palace, Savoy Hotel London, Lloyd's of London,Borough Market, London, Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle inScotland, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (with other filming completed at Pinewood Studios), and the Bukit Jalil LRT station However, the signage at this station that was used for the movie was Pudu LRT station instead of Bukit Jalil
Costing just $66milion to produce, the film was a box office success, grossing over $87 million in the US and $212 million worldwide
So its not surprising why we chose this film as the No.1 movie ever shot in Malaysia.  
Watch the full movie free online: http://megashare.info/#Search,entrapment

Budgets have increased tremendously from the time Entrapment was made, Man of Steel (2013) was made at a cost of $225 million.As of July 7, 2013, Man of Steel has earned $272,461,943 in North America and an estimated $315,600,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $588,061,943 . So it's no surprise that countries want a piece of the pie and would love the filming to be done in their location.

Malaysia too has various incentives for producers to film or do post production in Malaysia.

Overview of the Film in Malaysia Incentive
The Malaysian Government has developed its own incentives for content development specifically for film, television and other screen production. The Malaysian Government anticipates that this incentive will encourage production works and increase skill sets that would be of international standard for the populace throughout the ecosystem of the creative content industry. This impetus is of crucial importance to the nation’s economic, social and intellectual development. The Malaysian Government believes that this effort would be a landmark decision that would benefit, develop and further support the industry. This incentive will not only promote the creation of quality creative content, it will also make Malaysia a preferred destination and film production hub.
The Malaysian Government introduced the “Film in Malaysia Incentive” to provide an additional financial incentive for the production of creative content within Malaysia, and to encourage support for the Malaysian content production industry. FIMI is a 30% cash rebate on all Qualifying Malaysian Production Expenditure (QMPE) which meets the criteria further elaborated upon in these Guidelines. This incentive is offered for production and post production approved activities beginning early 2013.
FIMI’s objectives are to:
  • Encourage Malaysian film producers to produce high quality creative content for both domestic and international markets.
  • Attract foreign film producers to conduct film activities in Malaysia and to establish Malaysia as a destination for international filming.
  • Increase employment opportunities for artists and local crews who provide goods and services throughout the ecosystem of the creative content industry.
  • Increase opportunities for film production companies, post-production centre, film equipment rental companies and studios or companies that provide goods and services throughout the ecosystem of the creative content industry.
  • Drive the creative content ecosystem and increase the economic contribution of the creative content industry and related industries.
  • Develop Malaysia's reputation as an efficient and cost effective hub for the creative content industry.
FIMI is available for both Malaysian and foreign production activities. It can be applied in one of two streams:
(A) FIMI for Production Activity; or
(B) FIMI for Post Production Activity.
To access if producers qualify, applicants should consult the “Film in Malaysia Incentive Guidelines”.



SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

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