Perfect locations, great emotions and marvellous stories: Cambodia has inspired filmmakers from all over the world. Travel back in time, when you see Douglas Fairbanks in front of the temples in 1931, or enjoy the beauty of Angkor in modern action movies. Lolei Travel presents a list of the most famous movies. And do not miss our exclusive Angkor Movie Tour, that takes you to the best locations and tells you all the secrets of the stars who worked in Cambodia.
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|Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks
(Documentary, USA 1931)
Directed by Douglas Fairbanks and Victor Fleming.
Story: Hollywood-star Douglas Fairbanks travels to Japan, China, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand and India. Trivia: Although his comments on Asian cultures is kind of patronizing, this black-and-white-travelogue is of high interest for historians and anthropologists.
(Adventure, USA/United Kingdom 1965)
Directed by Richard Brooks. Starring Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Juergens, Daliah Lavi.
Story: A former naval officer must face danger to help the people of a remote village in Asia.
Trivia: This was the first time that Hollywood discovered Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom as a magnificient location for a big budget adventure movie.
|The Killing Fields
(Drama, United Kingdom 1984)
Directed by Roland Joffe. Starring Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands.
Story: An American journalist and his local interpreter cover the tragedy and madness of Civil War and the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. Trivia: The movie is based on the true story of bestseller author Sydney Schanberg and Dith Pran. Due to the political situation in Cambodia in the 1980s, the movie was made in Thailand.
(Drama, Cambodia/France 1994)
Directed by Rithy Panh. Starring Peng Panh, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline.
Story: In post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia a rural family is struggling to bring in a single season's rice crop. The father dies, the mother goes mad, and therefore one of their daughters has to take the responsibility. Trivia: The film, made with professional and non professional actors, premiered in the main competition at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.
|Lara Croft - Tomb Raider
(Action Adventure, USA 2001)
Directed by Simon West. Starring Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Iain Glen.
Story: The daughter of an archaeologist must prevent a secret society from finding an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. Trivia: In the year 2000 Angelina Jolie stayed in Siem Reap for ten days and shot on location in Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Phnom Bakheng.
|City of Ghosts
(Crime Adventure, USA 2002)
Directed by Matt Dillon. Starring Matt Dillon, James Caan, Gerard Depardieu.
Story: Suspecting he has been double-crossed by his long-time mentor, an US con man sets off to Cambodia and fights for justice. Trivia: For his feature film directing debut Matt Dillon filmed in Phnom Penh, Phnom Chisor and Kampot Province. He located the final showdown to the spooky ruins of Bokor Hill stations.
|S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine
(Documentary, Cambodia/France 2003)
Directed by Rithy Panh.
Story: Cambodian/French director Rithy Panh brings two former prisoners of Tuol Sleng back to this place of torture, code-named "S21". Here the survivors meet with their former Khmer Rouge guards.
(Adventure, France/United Kingdom 2004)
Directed by Jean-Jaques Annaud. Starring Guy Pearce, Jean-Claude Dreyfuss, Freddie Highmore.
Story: On a fateful day the twin tiger cubs Kumal and Sangha are separated. They grow up under extremely different conditions, before they find themselves reunited. Trivia: More than 30 tigers, among them 18 cubs, were flown to Cambodia to shoot in the ruins of Ta Prohm and other temples of Angkor.
Same Same But Different
|Transformers 3 - Dark of the Moon
(Action Adventure, USA 2011)
Directed by Michael Bay. Statting Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson.
Story: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon and race against the Decpticons to reach it. The hidden secrets could turn the tide in the Transformers' final battle. Trivia: Shooting at Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon took three days in February 2011, but non of the actors was on location. The robots were added to the images via computer effects.
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Warning: Most of these movies are sold on DVD in many Cambodian shops. However, they are illegal copies.
Due to custom regulations and anti-piracy-laws these copies must not be brought to other countries.