10 Movies You Didn't Know Were Filmed In Malaysia. Spot The Bas Sekolah!

Malaysia is getting a whole lotta love from Hollywood, Bollywood and Oriental cinema, people!

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1. Blackhat (2015): Chris Hemsworth a.k.a. Thor was here to shoot a few scenes for the Michael Mann's action thriller in Perak and Kuala Lumpur

'Blackhat' star Chris Hemsworth runs along the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

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The production crew preparing to shoot a car chase scene in Taman Jaya, Petaling Jaya in early 2014.

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2. The Viral Factor (2012): About 80% of the movie was filmed in Kuala Lumpur, which brought us this shot of Jay Chou dashingly pointing a gun while standing in front of a Polis Diraja helicopter

Some of the locations featured in the film - which starred Jay Chou and Nicholas Tse - include the compounds of International Medical University (IMU), an abandoned construction site in KL, Jalan Raja Chulan, Pavilion shopping mall, and KL Sentral.

Even the yellow Bas Sekolah made a cameo appearance!

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3. After This, Our Exile (2006): Set in the 1980s, the father-son saga was primarily filmed in Ipoh, Perak, as well as a few scenes in Kuala Lumpur

From left: 'After This, Our Exile' stars Charlie Yeung, Aaron Kwok, and Ian Iskandar Gouw.

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A scene shot at the Ipoh Medan Kitt bus station.

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4. Lust, Caution (2007): Oscar-winning director Ang Lee shot a number of scenes in Penang and Ipoh in portraying 1930s and 1940s Hong Kong

From left: Tang Wei, Wang Lee Hom and Joan Chen during the filming of 'Lust, Caution' in Penang.

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The stars of 'Lust, Caution' - including Tang Wei and Wang Lee Hom - filming a scene in Ipoh.

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1930s/1940s Hong Kong-set scenes for 'Lust, Caution' were shot in Ipoh.

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5. The Sleeping Dictionary (2003): Primarily filmed in Sarawak, including a specially constructed longhouse at Batang Ai, the Matang Recreations Park, and Buntal fishing village

Jessica Alba as Selima, a young Iban woman in 'The Sleeping Dictionary'.

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6. Summer Holiday (2000): Primarily filmed in Pulau Redang, Terengganu, the romantic comedy made the brightly coloured More More Tea Inn - or more commonly known as "mo mo cha" - a must-visit location for tourists

The infamous More More Tea Inn at Pulau Redang, Terengganu.

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Local artistes ANiu and Michael Wong starred alongside Richie Ren and Sammi Cheng in 'Summer Holiday'.

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7. Anna and the King (1999): Banned from production in Thailand, the Oscar-winning historical film was mostly filmed in Malaysia, particularly in Penang, Ipoh and Langkawi

Part of the Summer Palace in Langkawi as depicted in 'Anna and the King'.

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King Mongkut's Grand Palace was recreated at a secret location, but part of the palace was filmed in Rumah Besar Papan in Ipoh, Pulau Langkawi and Shah Alam.

Several scenes were also filmed in various locations in Penang, such as the Armenian Street, Penang Town Hall's Grand Ballroom, Khoo Kongsi, and Swettenham Pier.


Bangkok street scenes for 'Anna and the King' were filmed in Penang's Armenian Street.

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8. Entrapment (1999): The Petronas Twin Towers was prominently featured, as was the Bukit Jalil LRT Station, which was temporarily renamed to "Pudu" for the movie

Sean Connery overseeing the heist from within the Petronas Twin Towers in the thrilling finale of 'Entrapment'.

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Geography Fail: We're pretty sure the Twin Towers are not surrounded by those buildings...?!

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A scene in Pudu LRT Station, which was actually the Bukit Jalil LRT Station.

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9. Don (2006) and Don 2 (2011): The first movie was mostly filmed in Malaysia, while a few scenes from the second was shot at Malacca Prison. Hey, maybe that's why he's a Datuk!

A dramatic fight scene in 'Don' was filmed against the panoramic views of Mount Machinchang at the Panorama Langkawi Cable Car and SkyBridge.

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Around 80% of 'Don' was filmed in various locations in Malaysia, including Pulau Langkawi, the Petronas Twin Towers, and Jalan Masjid India.

Datuk Shah Rukh Khan returned to Malaysia for 'Don 2' to shoot several scenes at Malacca Prison, where a section of the prison block made available for filming. Some prisoners were reportedly roped in to be extras too!

Several scenes in 'Don 2' were filmed at Malacca Prison.

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10. Police Story 3 (1992): The one where Datuk Jackie Chan famously flew around Kuala Lumpur while hanging on for dear life from a helicopter

The action star has also filmed the 1995 action film 'Thunderbolt' at the Batu Tiga Circuit in Shah Alam.

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Jackie Chan hanging on a rope ladder while flying across KL.

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Don't worry, you don't really have to fight baddies and defy gravity to become a Datuk:

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