Thursday, 24 January 2013

How films influence your perception of a city

Picture source: Wikicommons

Let’s face it we have all thought about visiting a city based on a film. Some might have even go as far as moving abroad all together, inspired by the excitement, adventure and glitz and glam of a city. In fact some cities such as Salzburg in Austria for example get most of their visitors due to a film (the Sound of Music in this case).

This week, we take a look at a few films that feature various cities around the world that may provide food for thought for those with itchy feet.

Lost in Translation
Set in Japan, this film trails Bob Harris, an American film actor and Charlotte as they look for their “place in life” in a completely foreign and unfamiliar environment. Due to the cultural and language disparities, both characters blunder their way through the dynamic city of Tokyo.

The Beach
This Leonardo Di Caprio classic set in Thailand made it a must-see for any backpacker or adventure-seeking tourist, and who can blame them given the amazing views that Thailand offers. No wonder the country ranked number two in our 2012 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey.

A View to a Kill
Ok, so few films that feature Paris miss out the Eiffel Tower but this 1985 James Bond classic has the unmistakable parachute scene from the top of the tower. This film brought the visitors flocking to this iconic landmark to go up to the top – although they mostly descended in a slightly more mundane way.

Crocodile Dundee
A 1980s comedy set in the Australian outback that went on to become the seconding highest earning film of 1986. Australia with its modern metropolitan cities is a hub for expats seeking good weather. The country ranked 12th in our 2012 HSBC Expat Explorer survey and scored high for learning the local language, making local friends, integrating in the community and local work culture.

We Were Soldiers
Good war films are always big box office hits and We Were Soldiers was one of them. Modern Vietnam, however, is a bustling place of excitement with a booming economy and a whole host of expats heading there to work, study and live. In our survey expats rated Vietnam as the best place to be an expat if you want to travel more.
What cities do you associate with films? Are you a film tourist or know somebody that is? Leave us a comment in the box below.

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