Travel Inspo: This Film For That Destination

15 October 2021
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Films are a wonderful way to learn more about a countries culture, history, landscape and provide travel inspiration. The following films are recommended to watch before or during your travels to enhance your experience. These films will have you dreaming about white sandy beaches, a whirlwind romance, and the adventure of your life.  


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The Blue Lagoon  

Seven-year-old cousins Emmeline and Richard survive a shipwreck and find themselves marooned on a beautiful island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Under the guidance of a fellow castaway, Paddy Button, the two learn to survive. When Paddy dies, however, the now adolescent Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) are on their own to discover sex, love and loneliness on a tropical island (yes, you read that right, they’re cousins). 


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World  

This offbeat action-comedy film is one of the few Hollywood films set and filmed in Canada. A nerdy musician (Michael Cera) tries to win the love of a girl by battling her evil exes. There is a lineup of Toronto attractions in the spotlight, including the CN Tower, Casa Loma and Lee’s Palace.



Lost in Translation  

An American actor Bob (Bill Murray), lands in Tokyo to film an ad campaign and ends up meeting Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a young college graduate and follow American who’s feeling left behind by her busy photographer husband. Bob and Charlotte discover a unique friend in each other.


Described as a Japanese ‘ramen Western’, Tampopo is a satirical Japanese comedy about a truck driver who decides to stick around a roadside ramen noodle shop to help the owner improve her recipe. The film was so influential in Japan that you can still find a larger number of ramen shops in the country named Tampopo, after the female protagonist. 


The Big Boss  

A Chinese immigrant (played by Bruce Lee) working in a factory in Thailand must break his vow of non-violence when his family is harmed by the mafia. This is one of the earliest, and most iconic films to be filmed entirely in Thailand. 


The Beach  

An American backpacker, on holiday in Bangkok finds a cryptic map that leads him to an isolated island where paradise-like-bliss supposedly awaits. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, the movie showcases many of the country's most popular spots such as Khao San Road and Maya Beach.


Los Angeles, USA 

La La Land 

A romantic comedy-drama-musical that follows the love story of Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) who are drawn together by their common desire to follow their dreams. Expect whimsy and old Hollywood vibes in a modern setting. 

New Zealand 


Written and directed by Taika Waititi and Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, the film follows a New Zealand youth (James Rolleston) finds that his father (Taika Waititi) is a far cry the heroic adventurer he’s imagined the man to be. 


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South Korea 

Train To Busan 

Whena zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers are forced to struggle for survival on a train travelling from Seoul to Busan. The horror movie was filmed in several locations across South Korea and features a South Korea director, writers and actors. 


Black Panther 

While much of the movie is set and filmed in Africa, the Marvel blockbuster takes a visit to South Korea’s second largest city, Busan. The city becomes the center of a fast-paced car chase seen that sees the protagonist racing through the streets of Busan, through the Jagalchi Fish Market and over the Gwangan Bridge. 



Set on the fictional island of Motunui and based on the very real heritage and history of the Polynesian islands (practically neighours to Vanuatu). The story follows Moana, the daughter of the chief as she sets off on an adventure to break a curse on her island. Totally cute and great for the whole family.



Eat, Pray, Love  

After a painful divorce, a woman sets off on a journey around the world to find herself. The movie showcases a number of sights and things to do in Bali such as riding a bike through the rice fields of Ubud and swimming in the clear waves of Padang Padang Beach. 


Crazy Rich Asians  

This movie tells the story of an heir bringing his Chinese American girlfriend to meet his “crazy rich” family, where her relaxed vacay turns into an obstacle course filled with scheming social climbers, nosy relatives and money. This entertaining and hilarious piece will sure brighten your holiday in Singapore, and see whether people are here really are crazy rich... 

Cook Islands 

The Legend Of Johnny Lingo 

When a storm washes a canoe ashore carrying an infant boy, he is received as a gift from the heavens, even to the point where the chief adopts him as his successor. Filmed in the Cook Islands, the story provides a unique insight into the South Pacific Island culture and way of life. 


50 First Dates  

Henry falls in love with Lucy who can’t remember meeting him as she suffers from short-term memory loss. So everyday Henry tries to make her fall in love with him all over again. 


The Descendants

Filmed on Kauai, this Academy Award-winning film starring George Clooney in a very normal ‘Dad’ role, as he navigates grief, fatherhood and the importance of heritage and real estate on the sacred islands of Hawaii. Great actors, clever storyline with iconic scenery to match.  

Hong Kong 


This action film, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, follows an FBI agent who must rescue his family from a burning Hong Kong Skyscraper after it is set on fire by terrorists.



Sherlock Holmes 

This film is set in London 1890, based on an eccentric detective Holmes and companion Watson who were hired by a secret society to gain control of Britain by supernatural means. The movie is perfect for those who love a thrilling murder mystery while also spotting iconic London landmarks.  



This film is about a struggling musician who realizes he's the only person on Earth who remembers The Beatles, after waking up in an alternate timeline where the band never existed. Great for travellers who enjoy music, a little mystery, and a jump in our current timeline. 


Out to Sea  

This 1997 comedy follows two retired friends (Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) as they head off on a cruise... But, instead of paying for it, they pose as dance instructors, making for a hilarious series of events. The film was shot on one of Holland America Line’s ships, Westerdam, during a sailing with regular guests onboard. 


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