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Filmed in Thailand

  • Mechanic: Resurrection is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Dennis Gansel and written by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. It is the sequel to the 2011 film The Mechanic and stars Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba and Michelle Yeoh. Filming began in Bangkok, Thailand. Scenes were also shot in Phuket, Thailand.
  • Kickboxer: Vengeance is a 2016 American martial arts film directed by John Stockwell. Filming took place in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as in Florida and California in the United States.
  • No Escape is a 2015 American action film directed by John Erick Dowdle, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, Drew Dowdle. The plot is loosely based on events which took place in Thailand in 2006 about Thaksin, the former prime minister of Thailand. The film was mainly shot in Thailand. The Imperial Lotus Hotel & Airport scenes were shot in the city of Chiang Mai. Shooting also took place in Lampang, Thailand.
  • American Gangster is a 2007 American biographical crime film directed and produced by Ridley Scott, based on the criminal career of Frank Lucas, a gangster from North Carolina who smuggled heroin into the United States on American service planes returning from the Vietnam War. Scenes from the film were shot in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • The Beach is a 2000 adventure drama film directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, which was adapted for the film by John Hodge. Majority of the film was shot in Thailand. Filming locations in Thailand include: Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Khao Yai National Park, and Phi Phi Leh Island.
  • The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. It was the first feature film depicting the Vietnam War to be filmed on location in Thailand. Scenes of Saigon, Vietnam were shot in Bangkok and Katchanburi. Scenes of the US airfield was filmed in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Alexander is a 2004 epic historical drama film based on the life of Alexander the Great. It was directed by Oliver Stone, with Colin Farrell in the title role. The film was an original screenplay based in part on the book Alexander the Great, written in the 1970s by the University of Oxford historian Robin Lane Fox. Filming took place in Udon Rachatani and Saraburi of Thailand.
  • Mortal Kombat is a 1995 American fantasy martial arts film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and is a loose adaptation of the early entries in the fighting game series Mortal Kombat. Filming locations in Thailand include Krabi, Ayuthaya, and Phra Nang Beach.
  • Rambo is a 2008 American-German independent action film directed, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his famous role as Cold War/Vietnam veteran John Rambo. It is the fourth and final installment in the Rambo franchise. The movie was shot at Chiang Mai, Thailand as well as in Mexico and the United States, in Arizona and California.
  • The Hangover Part II is a 2011 American comedy film directed by Todd Phillips. It is the sequel to the 2009 film The Hangover and the second installment in The Hangover trilogy. Production began in Ontario, California, before moving on location in Thailand. Filming in Thailand took place in Bangkok and Krabi.

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