Movies Filmed In Singapore Just Like Crazy Rich Asians
Singapore is back on the map again, and this time, Hollywood is taking interest.
Crazy Rich Asians, a Hollywood flick that comes out in August, was filmed in Singapore.
From a synchronised swimming scene at the Marina Bay Sands infinity pool to lavish luxuries, Crazy Rich Asians put the spotlight on our island, big time.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time we’ve been featured in movies before.
So, in honour of Crazy Rich Asians, here are 10 other movies filmed in Singapore.
1. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
Considering how tiny the island is, word spreads quickly anytime something exciting takes place around the city.
In 2015, Hitman: Agent 47 made local news when it was reported that Singapore would be featured prominently in the movie, with many of the scenes being filmed here as well.
A shootout scene in Hitman, filmed in CBD area
Considering grand scale productions don’t usually take place in Singapore, it’s pretty cool to see Robinson Road front and centre during a shootout scene.
Apparently, the lead actor, Rupert Friend was the first civilian ever to legally be allowed to fire a gun in Singapore.
From clones to assassins, having Singapore as the backdrop to Hitman: Agent 47 only serves to make this movie out-of-this-world cool.
2. Krrish (2006)
Of course, we haven’t forgotten the Bollywood fans out there.
Bollywood productions typically don’t skimp on the drama and fanfare, and Krrish is no different.
Here he is performing martial arts by the Singapore River.
Hrithik Roshan plays Krrish, a young superhero who has to travel to Singapore to save his father.
He also falls in love with a girl named Priya, who’s played by Priyanka Chopra, an absolute #bae. And like other great Bollywood movies, you bet Krrish has catchy dance and song sequences, too.
3. Equals (2016)
For this movie, Singapore was picked as a filming location thanks to the #futuristicvibes of Equals.
Set in a futuristic utopia, the two leads fall in love, causing a series of unfortunate events. While that sounds vague, that’s as much as we can give away without spoilers, anyways.
The leads are played by Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart, which we’re kinda upset about.
Because how did we not realise that they were filming in Singapore for a month?
Some notable places in the movie include the MRT station at One-North and Marina Barrage.
And here’s an idea — head on down to the locations in the movie to recreate the scenes for an #Instaworthy photoshoot.
4. Dear Zindagi (2016)
In an effort to boost tourism, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) teamed up with producers on Dear Zindagi.
Partnering up with STB was a win-win situation for them and the filmmakers, as it made it easier to facilitate shooting on location in Singapore.
Thanks to this, the movie Dear Zindagi was born.
Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt, this movie is a perfect watch if love stories are your weakness.
Fun fact: As they had lost time due to previous rainy days, the cast had to shoot for 24 hours straight on their final day, as they had flights to catch the next day.
Talk about dedication, huh.
5. Saint Jack (1979)
Oooh, we’ve gotta warn you, this item on the list is a little saucey.
For those of you that might be unaware, the director of Saint Jack knew his portrayal of Singapore would cause problems with our government when it came to filming.
In order to overcome this issue, the director submitted a fake script instead to be able to film here.
What’s so bad about the movie, you might ask? Apparently, it portrays the side of Singapore that doesn’t quite exist anymore — pimps, prostitutes, and drugs, to name a few.
If anyone’s curious about Singapore’s shady past, you’ll be happy to know the movie is no longer banned here, so you can watch it totally guilt-free.
6. Rogue Trader (1999)
Based off the real-life story of trader Nick Leeson, Rogue Trader follows how he single-handedly brought a bank to its demise by causing it to lose $2.2 billion.
Perhaps you could even call him Singapore’s very own Wolf of Wall Street.
Of course, the movie isn’t 100% an accurate description of the shenanigans Nick Leeson got up to here.
But with a stellar cast including Ewan McGregor, we ain’t even mad.
7. De Dana Dan (2009)
According to reports, over 70% of the movie was shot in Singapore, with stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.
They filmed at locations all over the island, including VivoCity.
De Dana Dana is a comedy about the kidnapping of a dog for ransom. Of course, as expected, chaos ensues.
This movie is hilarious, so we’re thinking it’s definitely worth a Netflix and chill session.
8. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
A sequel to the 1996 movie Independence Day, Singapore is reduced to rubble at the hands of some angry aliens.
The director chose Singapore thanks to it’s “attractive skyline”, which brings us so much #pride.
Marina Bay Sands gets blown up, along with most of the CBD.
Possibly our worst nightmare, but with Liam Hemsworth in it, we’re willing to give it a watch.
Just for Liam.
9. Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997)
We’re going kinda old-school with this one, considering the movie came out over two decades ago.
Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya is a quintessential Bollywood romantic film, starring Bobby Deol and Aishwarya Rai.
If you can’t really remember what Singapore looked like in the 90s, this movie is for you.
Check out the clip above, to see how some iconic locales like the Fountain of Wealth and Tiger Balm Gardens used to look like.
10. Pyaar Impossible (2010)
Looks like Bollywood has long been a favourite for filming movies in Singapore, considering the notable few that have ended up on this list.
Of course there has to be another love story on the list, because we’re suckers for romance.
Unlike the other Bollywood love stories on this list, Pyaar Impossible is a romantic comedy, with our fave Priyanka Chopra making us believe in love again.
Just a warning though — if you’re not a fan of sappy love stories, then you’ll probably wanna stay away from this movie.
Time for a movie marathon
With a public holiday coming up soon, it’s time to check out some of the movies on this list.
We even suggest playing a game with your friends and family while watching. Whoever spots the most number of Singaporean locations in the movies, wins.
So grab a bowl of popcorn, and dig in. We’ve just given you a bunch of movies to binge watch, guilt-free.
Featured image from MovieWeb.