Filmed Here

Locations. People. Equipment. Why the Philippines can be PARADISE for the filmmakers and media creatives of the world is a conversation that acclaimed directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Wong Kar Wai, Peter Weir, Ui Seok Jo, Oliver Stone and Tony Gilroy can relate to. Filming in the Philippines can be done efficiently, and with due attention to every aspect of production (i.e. visas, permits, locations, logistics, etc.). Here are some of the great films shot in the Philippines.

Lapulapu City and Big Foot Studios in Cebu served as the prime filming location of the Hollywood TV series ALMOST PARADISE.

  • Almost Paradise
    Director: Tim Russ
    Year: 2020
    Almost paradise: Premise. Former DEA Agent Alex Walker, forced into retirement, moves to the Filipino island of Cebu. He purchases the hotel gift shop in the hopes of managing his stress and high blood pressure, but the wealthy and criminal element on the island keep drawing him back into law enforcement.
  • The Year Of Living Dangerously
    Director: Peter Weir
    Year: 1982
    A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.
  • Brokedown Palace
    Director: Jonathan Kaplan
    Year: 1999
    Two carefree Americans embark on an overseas vacation that soon becomes a nightmare when they are sentenced to spend most of their lives in a Thai prison. Their crimes are apparently harmless: being silly and naive. Yet it is a fact that they had drugs in their possession when they passed through Thai customs
  • I Came With The Rain
    Director: Tran Ahn Hung
    Year: 2009
    Ex-Los Angeles cop, Kline, turned private eye travels to Hong Kong in search of the missing son of a billionaire. A powerful pharmaceutical conglomerate boss hires Kline to find his only son Shitao who has mysteriously disappeared in the Philippines where he had been helping in an orphanage.
  • Platoon
    Director: Oliver Stone
    Year: 1986
    A young soldier in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
  • Born On The Fourth of July
    Director: Oliver Stone
    Year: 1989
    The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
  • Avengers: Infinity War
    Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
    Year: 2018
    The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
  • Captive
    Director: Brillante Mendoza
    Year: 2012
    Follows the hostage crisis of the Dos Palmas kidnappings in the southern Philippines, the life of the hostages whose survivors were freed after an awful year in captivity.
  • Castaway
    Director: Robert Zemeckis
    Year: 2000
    A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island. Far away from home, his girlfriend, any human contact, he engages in a battle of wits with himself as he is tested mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to survive.
  • Days of Being Wild
    Director: Wong Kar Wai
    Year: 1990
    Yuddy tries to find out who his real mother is after the woman who raised him tells him the truth—the revelation shakes Yuddy to his very core, unleashing a cascade of conflicting emotions.
  • The Master
    Director: Ui-seok Jo
    Year: 2016
    An intellectual crime investigation team goes after company Won Network. The company is involved in a massive fraud case. South Korea's financial crime unit launches a manhunt for a con man involved in a nationwide financial fraud after he absconds with the money and takes on a new identity.
  • The Bourne Legacy
    Director: Tony Gilroy
    Year: 2012
    A new covert government-trained spy-assassin was introduced in this espionage thriller— he was an Operation Outcome agent named Aaron Cross. As an Outcome operative, Cross uses experimental pills known as "chems" which enhance the physical and mental abilities of their users.
  • Cinq Et La Peau
    Director: Pierre Rissient
    Year: 1982
    Ivan is a writer who can not tear himself away from the city of Manila. He likes to hang out melancholy and flirt with pretty women. One day, he meets Mari.
  • Apocalypse Now
    Director: Francis Ford Coppola
    Year: 1979
    It is the height of the war in Vietnam. A U.S. Army officer, Captain Benjamin Willard serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a God, as he nears the end of his mission, he soon finds himself reeling in the horrors and sanity of war itself.
  • Missing In Action
    Director: Joseph Zito
    Year: 1984
    Colonel James Braddock (Chuck Norris) survives a brutal stint in a Vietnamese POW camp, but he believes that even after the war ends enemy forces are still secretly holding American men captive. Eventually, he is tapped by the president to go overseas and search for U.S. soldiers who went missing years ago. Once in Saigon, Braddock learns that his suspicions are correct, so he teams up with reckless fellow veteran Tuck (M. Emmet Walsh) and stages a violent rescue mission in the jungle.