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Japan gets location filming advice at TIFFCOM

TokyoJapan could do more to bring foreign producers to the country by ensuring that more production crew speak multiple languages, according to a panel talk at TIFFCOM.

Hideo Nakata, a filmmaker known for Japanese ‘J-horror’ movies, told the panel at the Tokyo International Film Festival that multi-lingual crew could help broaden Japan’s appeal as a global filming location, according to a Variety report.

Nakata, himself a fluent English speaker, added that reducing bureaucracy would also help entice filmmakers from other parts of the world.

Japan was compared with the Philippines as part of the discussion, with the latter having developed a reputation for lower production costs, reduced bureaucracy and a diverse selection of locations.

James Mangold’s X-Men spinoff The Wolverine has been one of the highest-profile Hollywood movies to film in Japan in recent years. However, while the production spent time shooting in the country, locations in and around Sydney, Australia, were largely used as doubles.   

Japan is reportedly finalising an historic film treaty with China that could see the two countries strengthen their cultural and economic ties.

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Japan.

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