Kong: Skull Island is an American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

The film is recorded as another version of King Kong franchise in the Godzilla-Kong film series. The film production of Kong: Skull Island (or Titan) has chosen many of the distinctive places including Tu Lan Cave System area in Quang Binh, Quang Ninh (Ha Long Bay) & Ninh Binh with many of popular places such as Tam Coc, Bich Dong, Trang An & Van Long.

Ninh Binh was chosen as the second destination after Quang Binh with the filming locations of Trang An, Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Van Long which started from February 27 through March 15, 2016. Top Hollywood actors and actresses such as Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell were getting super excited about the wonderful Vietnam and the whole crew was completely blown away by the spectacular views and scenery of Ninh Binh.

Filming sets & locations

Ninh Binh is a popular tourism attraction of Vietnam famed for the magnificent landscape of natural heritage sites, limestone caves system with the emerald green rivers flowing among the mountains. There are three main filming locations that the Kong production team chose to shoot in Ninh Binh: Trang An, Tam Coc – Bich Dong and Van Long Lagoon.

The first shooting location is Trang An which located at 7 kilometers from Ninh Binh City and 96 kilometers from Hanoi. Trang An was listed as the world cultural heritage site by UNESCO with stunning and unspoiled natural scenery made up of beautiful greenish rivers winding in between the limestone mountains and hidden mystical caves. During the filming progress, about 20 of the bamboo cottages were built inside the filming site as a local Asian village that was under attack of Kong.

The filming set was spread about a 2 hectare broad valley inside Trang An named Nang Valley.

The second fascinating filming location of Ninh Binh is Tam Coc – Bich Dong, also known as the “Ha Long Bay on land”. Tam Coc – Bich Dong is a key tourist destination of the country become popular because of the limestone cave system and historic sites of Vietnam.

The last filming location of Kong: Skull Island is Van Long lagoon which known as the largest wetland nature reserve in the Northern Region of Vietnam. Van Long lagoon features the charming beauty of the delightful see-through blue water and home to marvelous limestone. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has reportedly requested the site managers to put up a temporary embankment to hold water inside the Van Long Lagoon nearby to serve several scenes.

Crews

Kong’s production team is a professional combination of many departments in assistance to the filming progress in different destinations.

The production team consists of not only Hollywood team members of filming department, actors, food & catering, destination consultants but also Vietnamese assistance team for local support.

Especially, the film production team also recruits from 40 to 60 locals from Ninh Binh as extras included some of the local traditional opera artists.

Local society supports & connection

Besides filming, Titan also has specific supports & connections with the local society such as using local employees during filming progress, repairing roads & promoting Ninh Binh Tourism to the world when the film is released in 2017.

In order to have accessible route for film’s vehicles into the filming set, Kong’s production team has repaired the road that lead to the filming set and asked to compensate an appropriate amount of money to affected farmers who have rice fields in the filming area.

Kong: Skull Island is expected to be a Hollywood blockbuster film and promote Vietnam Tourism as well as Ninh Binh as an adventurous destination for world-wide travellers.

Since the Trang An & Van Long are the popular tourist attractions, local managers has to change the route of touring and make sure the confidential rules of the film production is secured.

Difficulties

Kong’s production team has faced many of difficulties during filming progress in Ninh Binh:

  • Transportation route

Since Ninh Binh is still considered as a developing province of Vietnam and the transportation is quite simple, Titan decided to repair the local roads that lead to the filming set for their using during the filming as well as the use of locals in the future.

  • Affected Locals’ fields

During the filming set of Kong: Skull Island in Van Long lagoon, there are some farmers that had the rice fields in the filming area, all of those will be compensated.

  • Local qualified employees

Titan has to bring their majority assistant team from Ha Noi & Ho Chi Minh City due to the lack of qualified local employees in Ninh Binh.

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