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Hollywood Movie ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Features Vietnam

 The upcoming Hollywood movie ‘Kong: Skull Island’ went to Vietnam to shoot some scenes in one of its secretly idyllic site, a major event which brought unbelievable excitement among the locals after quite a while since the last several American productions visited the country for the same reason.

The movie features a lake in Phong Nha, in the North-Central province of Quang Binh. The town is a very small place with a population of only about 1,000. The lake is said to be used solely for irrigation purposes. Even the residents are not very familiar about it and definitely not among the top list of foreign tourists. But somehow, the production staff saw a raw, one-of-a-kind beauty in the view that made it worthy to be included in the film.

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Since the movie is still in the works and won’t be released until March 2017, tight security and absolute confidentiality are being implemented on the set. With a budget of hundreds of millions of dollars, any leak will compromise the film, costing the producers a fortune. Big stars such as Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson are among the cast, so droves of people are expected to show up anytime, thus, the need to tightly seal the place. Even public officials are no longer allowed one kilometre from the scene. Reporters can stay as long as they won’t record anything. There are three security checkpoints: at 1,000 metres; 400 metres; and 100 metres from the scene.

Professionalism and discipline are also strictly observed during the filming of the movie. Even when it rains, filming continues. The equipment is just quickly covered with plastic sheets and the cast wear raincoats. Dozens of mini-trucks and trailers carry the crew’s tools and everything needed for the set. An ambulance is always ready in case of accidents and other emergencies during filming. Three big trucks carry the cast’s costumes complete with washing machines; three more carry food, water and fuel; two are for make up; and one for hairdressing. Some of the trucks have also been designed to look like mobile homes for the cast and for the filming process as a whole. Schedule is dutifully followed and each crew member is dedicated to his or her job, no matter how big or small the responsibility is.

The film crew tried Vietnamese cuisine, along with Western dishes, and although it was a daunting task to feed hundreds of people at one time, the local cooks were able to impress their foreign visitors with authentic, truly delectable Vietnamese food. In general, the production company was in awe of the natural beauty of Vietnam that is unlike nowhere else in the world.

‘Kong: Skull Island’ is the story of a group of adventure-seekers who journeyed to a secret island in the Pacific Ocean known for its unbelievable beauty, only to discover that it is the home of the legendary King Kong. The movie is produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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