Macau tries to become the new Hollywood
Since overtaking Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the world, Macau is now looking to replace Hollywood.
Officials are hoping that by doing so it will become as prominent in films as Las Vegas has over the last few years.
Lew Hwan-kyu from the Macau Government Tourist Office in South Korea said that they hope that “coverage of movies and TV series in magazines and newspapers as well as on other TV programmes will help to generate more interest in Macau.”
Macau was the backdrop for the recent big-budget film “The Thieves”, one of the most successful films in South Korean history.
In its homeland “The Thieves” attracted over 12.9 million views and took at estimated $82.6 million at the box office.
The makers of “The Thieves” were attracted by the bright lights and huge casino resorts in Macau, it also allowed them to add a touch of realism to a film which boasted a line-up of Asian stars such as Lee Jung-jae and veteran Hong Kong star Simon Yam.
Producer Ahn Soo-hyun said that Macau “was chosen for its cinematic and exotic atmosphere” and added that the contrasts between the new casinos and the city’s older buildings added nicely to the film’s tone.