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Thailand lures international shoots
Silvia Wong in Hong Kong
17 Mar 2008 16:16

 

Thailand continues to be a hot Asian shooting destination with six international feature films scheduled to shoot there in the upcoming months, including Lee Jun-ik's Sunny, the Pang Brothers' Stormriders 2 and Street Fighter.

Korean director Lee (King And The Clown) has just wrapped his latest film Sunny after a three-month shoot in Kanchanaburi province where Thailand doubles as Vietnam.

Starring Jung Jin-young and Su Ae, the picture is about a woman who goes to Vietnam in search of her soldier husband during the Vietnam War.

The Pang Brothers who filmed Bangkok Dangerous with Nicholas Cage in Thailand two years ago, will be back this month for a four-month shoot on their fantasy martial arts epic The Stormriders 2.

The strong cast includes Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Charlene Choi and Nicholas Tse

Starting this week, Street Fighter, which Twentieth Century Fox is distributing in the US, will begin an eight-week shoot in Bangkok while another US production Kindred Spirits will start filming in northern Thailand from April till June.

Three Indian productions are also set for Thailand, including Contract, Chandni Chowk to China, Shortcut... The Con is On.

Location shooting is increasingly a lucrative business.

Last year, Thailand played host to 22 foreign feature films, including Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer, Rambo IV and L:Change the World, and the Thai economy gained 466 m baht, according to Thailand Film Office which is taking part at Hong Kong FIlmart's Locations World to further promote the country's locations.

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