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History of Films shot in Thailand

Dozens of foreign films have been shot in Thailand, with the kingdom either playing itself or standing in for a neighboring country, such as Vietnam or Cambodia.
The availability of elephants, exotic jungle and beach settings, relatively low production costs, and a mature domestic film industry that provides a legion of experienced crew members, have made Thailand an attractive location for many Hollywood films and other foreign productions.
Films set in Thailand include
In addition to providing work for Thai film crews and extras (including the Royal Thai Army), films that use Thailand as a location help Thailand promote itself as a tourist destination. As a result, the
Tourism Authority of Thailand is keenly interested in attracting production companies to make films in the Kingdom.
However, over the months, the locations of some films have been criticized as being harmful to the environment. The island used to depict villain's hideout in The Man with the Golden Gun is now a major draw for tourism operators in Phuket's Phang Nga Bay. Environmentalists also protested the filming of The Beach, in which the film crew made alterations to the location that were viewed as damaging.
Hollywood has played an important role in the development of Thailand's film industry. One of the first feature films made in Thailand, 1923's Miss Suwanna of Siam, was a Hollywood co-production, made with the royal assistance of King Vajiravudh, who gave the production free use of his 52 automobiles, 600 horses, use of the Royal Thai Navy, the Grand Palace, the railways, the rice mills, rice fields, coconut groves, canals and elephants.
The 1927 documentary, Chang, by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, was made in Thailand. In recent years, even the Bollywood film industry has chosen Thailand as location.
List of foreign films shot in Thailand
  • 2046Wong Kar-wai's follow-up to In the Mood for Love was filmed partially in Bangkok, and the film underwent post-production processing at Bangkok's Kantana Group labs, where the director made last-minute edits to the film before delivering it late to the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Two Brothers – This family-friendly story about two tigers had some scenes made in Samut Prakan Province, at a tourist site called Mueang Boran (Ancient City), which has scaled-down replicas of many of Thailand's important structures. The tigers used in the film were from the Si Racha Tiger Zoo near Pattaya. The film was set in neighboring Cambodia, and many locations were used there was well.


  • Bangkok Dangerous (also called Big Hit in Bangkok or Time to Kill) (2008) – A remake of Bangkok Dangerous by the Pang Brothers, it stars Nicolas Cage and Charlie Yeung and started shooting in Bangkok in August 2006. Production was delayed by a coup d'état‎.
  • The Marine 2." ... The Marine 2 shot in Thailand, and specifically on the southern island of Phuket, often called the “Pearl of the Andaman Sea,” for its pristine white beaches and warm azure waters. The biggest challenge for filmmakers was finding a resort that would allow filmmakers to take it over and in effect, destroy it, during the busy tourist season.
  • Survivor Philippines The second season was announced by GMA on February 2009 with nine audition venues in eight cities already being announced to be held in March 2009.[5][6] The season, later known as Survivor Philippines: Palau, started airing on August 17 of the same year. It took place in the island of Peleliu[7] in the said country[8] with 16 castaways taking part. The show also aired for 13 weeks from August to November 2009. The winner was Amanda Coolley Van Cooll, a construction worker from Mindoro.
  • Croatian Big Brother is scheduled to begin on Friday 5th September 2008. RTL Televizija is the first television that will have a Big Brother house outside their country. Croatian Big Brother 5 was run in Thailand
Shanghai Harvey Weinstein and company are film in UK and Thailand.Under the direction of Mikael Hafstrom Gong Li , Ken Watanabe, and John Cusack cast in the 1940s drama Shanghai, which tells of the story of an American who stumbles upon government secrets while investigating the death of a friend. The piece depicts a war-torn Japanese-occupied Shanghai.
Street Fighter There are several major players in the plot of the movie: Guile, Chun-Li, Ken, Ryu, Dhalsim, and Charlie (Blanka) and M. Bison. The plot described below follows primarily Guile.The movie takes place in the fictional nation of Shadaloo in South East Asia (the movie was shot in Thailand, and maps at the beginning of the movie show Shadaloo occupying a segment of modern-day Burma).
Storm Rider Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok are the only actors reprised in their roles as Wind and Cloud from the original cast in the first movie. The production crew and producers have also changed. The Pang Brothers replaced director Andrew Lau and Universe Entertainment have gained the rights in production from Golden Harvest (as their 10 year production rights to the movie expired). The entire movie is shot in BangKok, Thailand in custom-made sets. It will be the first Chinese film to be