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Kong: Skull Island, shot in Vietnam, nominated for Oscars

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Kong: Skull Island, shot in Vietnam, nominated for Oscars

Minh Phong

Tourists take a sightseeing tour by wooden boat in Van Long Lagoon in Ninh Binh Province, which appears in the Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts - PHOTO: HAI DUONG

The Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, with some scenes filmed in Quang Binh, Ninh Binh and Quang Ninh provinces in Vietnam, has recently received a nomination for the “Best Visual Effect” category at the 90th Academy Awards, or the Oscars.

The Hollywood movie, with 70% of film settings shot in Vietnam, will compete with other heavyweights such as Blade Runner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and War for the Planet of the Apes.

The 34-year-old American film and television director, who is returning to the country for a short trip to many famous travel destinations, told the Daily that he is overwhelmed with joy as his production has won international recognition.

The breathtaking natural landscapes in Vietnam are a major factor for the success of the movie, he noted.

Vogt-Roberts, who serves as Vietnam’s tourism ambassador during the 2017-2020 period, hopes to complete his mission of promoting the tourism image of Vietnam endowed with picturesque natural landscapes to international tourists and woo more foreign film directors to the country in the years to come.

The movie, which hit local theaters in March last year, is reported to fetch domestic and worldwide box office revenues of US$6.7 million and US$561 million respectively, according to the U.S.-based site The Numbers, which provides detailed movie financial analysis, including box office.

The film crew of “Kong: Skull Island” came to shoot at Tu Lan and Phong Nha caves in Quang Binh, and Trang An eco-tourist site and Van Long Lagoon in the northern province of Ninh Binh and the World Heritage-listed Halong Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

Director Vogt-Roberts showed his special interest in the beautiful nature of Quang Binh and came back to the site for a visit after the movie was completed.

The 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony is set to take place on March 4 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater, which will be live broadcast at more than 200 countries and territories around the globe, according to Reuters.

Launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the first time in 1928, the Oscars is touted as Hollywood’s most prestigious film awards ceremony.

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