Cinema has the ability to transport us to totally new places. Whether it’s the stunning cinematography or a plot that creates a character from a city, we can get lost in places we wish to visit when we watch a good film. From the bright lights of Tokyo to the relaxing beaches of Naples — get lost in these six unique cities and the wonderful films that explored them.
Tokyo, Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation is littered with beautiful cinematography and was filmed in Tokyo’s Shinjuku and Shibuya — two of Tokyo’s most colourful and busiest districts. The journey through the Japanese capital experienced by Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray is filled with streets covered in neon pictographs, high-rise hotels and many elements that make for a visually stunning film with a great storyline to boot.
Thailand, The Beach
Post-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio on a beach. Sounds good enough, right? Well luckily for us, the film was more than Leo’s good looks, and explored the stunning island of Krabi, Thailand. From the lush jungles, blue lagoons and gorgeous beaches, the scenic island played a pivotal role in the film’s success, and further shows the power of locations and cinematography in film.
Ischia, Italy: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Beautiful people in beautiful clothes in a beautiful location — pretty much the perfect description for The Talented Mr. Ripley. The acclaimed film, which stars Jude Law, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, takes us on journey through Italy, stopping at Venice, Naples, Tuscany, Rome and San Remo. Talk about a Roman Holiday! The cliffside views, ancient ruins and picturesque beaches add to the mysterious plot of the film, creating a rather dreamy atmosphere.
While Trainspotting focuses on the poverty-stricken lives of heroin addicts in the 90s, the Edinburgh backdrop provides a beautiful juxtaposition to the rough lives of these characters. The high energy storyline, set amongst Edinburgh landmarks (the famous opening scene was filmed on Edinburgh’s Princes Street), is one of the few films that presented Edinburgh to the world, and still manages to have an allure even with its dark storyline.
Udaipur, India: The Darjeeling Limited
The colorful and cultured landscape of India gets the Wes Anderson treatment in The Darjeeling Limited. This dramedy about family and the ties that bond them contains rich visuals of Udaipur, as the travelers discover the beauty of this foreign land.
For any Francophile, Amélie is the perfect movie to explore the beauty of Paris. The quirky film starring Audrey Tatou really shows what it is like to live in Paris — specifically in the Montmartre neighborhood. From stone-skipping at the picturesque Canal Saint-Martin, to walking down the cobblestone streets, Amélie truly feels like the ultimate Parisian experience for girls everywhere.