With the buzz around China’s box office and financing deals, the country still attracts international productions but can no longer be regarded as a low-cost destination to shoot. As the local film industry is booming, competition for cast, crew and equipment is fierce and costs are rising.
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Dubai is a modern and cosmopolitan city best known for its striking urban locations such as the Burj Khalifa — the tallest building in the world — luxury hotel Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah manmade island. Producers also have access to bustling waterfronts and traditional marketplaces, alongside the modern malls.
Japan is yet to establish itself as a major international filming location with appeal beyond East Asia, and rarely hosts footloose high-budget international productions for more than a few days. The country has no formal filming incentive programme and is regarded as an expensive place to shoot.
As Malaysia starts to emerge from the shadow of regional production powerhouses China and South Korea, it has its sights fixed firmly on becoming a major locations player.
With accommodating film commissions, cash rebates and in-kind support, experienced film crews and rising international interest via the Korean Wave, South Korea’s cityscapes, mountains, rivers and seas have drawn an increasing number of foreign shoots.
Following international shoots including Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, Takashi Miike’s Shield Of Straw, John Woo’s The Crossing and Luc Besson’s Lucy, Taiwan hosted Martin Scorsese’s Silence, starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson and Tadanobu Asano.
Thailand is a popular filming location for small-scale projects, primarily from Japan and parts of Europe, and is occasionally chosen for high-profile, big-budget shoots. In 2014, Thailand’s cumulative inward investment from several hundred international shoots reached a relatively low $35m.