Film Kong: Skull Island (2017) was filmed in Vietnam, Australia and Hawaii.
King Kong – it was already filmed several action/fantasy/adventure movie about the famous big ape. The original and the first black and white film has already been shot in 1933 and another bigger fame was finally received in 2005 by director Peter Jackson. In the 2015-2016 was filmed another sequel – Kong: Skull Island (director Jordan Vogt-Roberts). This episode was also filmed in Vietnam (northern and central part), Australia and Hawaii.
Vietnam attracts its scenery directors from around the world almost constantly.
Kong: Skull Island is another in a series of movies that have been filmed in Vietnam. Kong became the largest production filmed in Vietnam (budget about 190 million USD). Among the better-known films we can mention for example: Pan (2015), James Bond (1997), Indochina (1992), The beautiful country (2004), Three Seasons (1999). Scenery, nature and exceptional surroundings in Vietnam attracts and will attract directors from all the world.
Map of the filming locations in Vietnam- Kong: Skull Island (2017):
Kong: Skull Island was filmed in these provinces > Quang Ninh (Ha Long Bay), Ninh Binh, Quang Binh.
1. Quang Ninh Province (Ha Long Bay):
Ha Long Bay – one of the most fascinating, but very tourist sites throughout Vietnam. The biggest „tourist attraction“ in Vietnam. About 2,000 mountainous islands, islets and karst formations creates a unique place in the whole world. This place was written in UNESCO World Heritage List. Travel agencies in Ha Long already offer a variety of boat trips and trips focusing on the places where this movie was filmed.
Filming locations of Kong in Ha Long Bay:
> Ba Hang – a group of several karst formations and islands Ha Long Bay. You can see this place from Bai Tho viewpoint (Núi Bai Tho).
> Thiên Cung Cave – the cave on the Đầu Gỗ Island, 5 km from the Tuần Châu tourist island.
> Sung Sot Cave – well-known big cave, 10 km east of Cat Ba Island.
> Ngoc Vun Island – is the larger island, located approximately 15 km west of the Quan Lan Island.
2. Ninh Binh Province:
Ninh Binh – another of the filming sites of Kong in northern Vietnam. Neighborhood near the city covers a huge area of karst scenery interwoven of the rivers and rice fields, where it is possible to buy some of the boat trips. This place is also called „Inland Ha Long“ because of the similarity with the Ha Long Bay. However, it is significantly smaller than Ha Long Bay, but this region has a great historical significance. Places such as Hoa Lu (formerly a historic capital of Vietnam), Trang An Landscape Complex and Bai Dinh Buddhist temple are the national and cultural heritage of Vietnam.
Filming locations of Kong in Ninh Binh:
> Van Long Nature Reserve – karst scenery, similar site Tam Coc or Trang An, less popular, boat trips possible. Van Long Nature Reserve is about 20 km from theNinh Binh town, rent a motorbike and go.
> Tràng An Landscape Complex – karst scenery and beautiful and very popular historic site written in UNESCO World Heritage List. Boat trips possible. There are several smaller buddhist pagodas and temples.
> Tam Coc – Bich Dong – a popular tourist site and karst scenery similar to Trang An. Boat trips possible. There are several smaller buddhist pagodas and palaces. Appropriate choice of the movement is bicycle, no hills or climb.
3. Quang Binh Province:
Quang Binh – this place is known mainly through the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and the largest cave in the world – Son Doong Cave. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is written in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We can say it is place like Ninh Binh, however, but it is much larger. The starting point if you want to explore these places is Dong Hoi town, located about 50 km from the park and you can get to Dong Hoi by train.
Filming locations of Kong in Quang Binh:
> Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park – karst and mountainious scenery, caves, hills, trekking, nature. Tourist place and the most visited place in the province of Quang Binh.
> Da Deo Pass + Cha Noi valley – pass, which winds around the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and nearby Cha Noi Valley.
> Yen Phu Lake – it is not so well-known place, located about 15 km west of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
> „Rat cave“ (Tu Lan Cave Complex) – a cave complex, approximately 25 km from the Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park.
Whatever your opinion of the movie Kong: Skull Island (I like this type of film), but one thing is certain. The film became mainly in Vietnam big and profitable hit and a month after the premiere (world premiere was March 9, 2017) reported revenue worldwide over 500 million dollars, and this figure is likely to grow.
There was a plane to build the statue of Kong near the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi , but was later rejected for now The ratings of the film is also very good, IMDB.com received ratings 7/10 and on Rottentomatoes.com 77%. On this type of film is very successful ratings.
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Music: Henry Jackman
Production companies: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Tencent Pictures
Duration: 120 minutes