Singapore’s Strategic Location Attracts Hollywood’s Top Notch Directors

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Located at the southern tip of the Malayan peninsula between Malaysia and Indonesia, Singapore is a small island city-state in Southeast Asia. Even though the size of Singapore is slightly more than 3.5 times of Washington DC, this tiny but heavily urbanized island state has attracted Hollywood directors as early as the 1940’s.

Singapore enjoys a cosmopolitan and highly urbanized population and is often quoted to be the gateway between the East and the West. It was founded as a British trading colony in 1819, and since gaining independence, it has emerged as one of the most prosperous countries in the world. Showcasing a combination of high skyscrapers, subways and expressways that is characteristic of modern day affluent city, Singapore has truly become one of the hottest places to shoot big budget Hollywood movies.

American director Gore Verbinski whose Pirates of the Caribbean franchise won accolades around the world, decided to shoot a part of the third Pirates movie – At World’s End in Singapore. In the movie, Chow Yun-Fat depicted Sao Feng, the pirate lord of the South China Sea and the city that he controlled was built as a set in the Universal back lot in Singapore. The reason why the producers decided on Singapore is because it boasts of a multi ethnic culture and it was the production team’s aim to portray a style of civilization that would be mixture of the Chinese and the Malaysian, and Singapore fitted the description nicely.