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Jakarta Post

As budding film location, RI eyes further tourism boon

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 15 2011   /  08:00 am

Movie buffs may recognize some Hollywood blockbusters that were shot in neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Thailand.

The list includes the film Entrapment, which showcases Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers, and The Beach, which was shot in various spots in Thailand.

Now Indonesians can expect to see more familiar landscapes on the silver screen as Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said Indonesia was increasingly being selected by international filmmakers as a filming location.

“Movies and tourism become inseparable because film is a very powerful medium for promoting Indonesia both to potential tourists and to filmmakers to shoot their movies here,” Mari said.

She said that three Hollywood movies — The Philosopher starring Bonny Wright, Java Heat starring Mickey Rourke and Kellan Lutz and Alex Cross starring Tyler Perry...