‘Black Panther’ Helps Push Busan Locations Business to Forefront

Busan International Film Festival might be the best-known feature of Busan, the city that styles itself as the hub of Asian cinema. On the production side, Busan has long been home and the location for the majority of South Korean films as well as a several big Asian films. The city boasts the Busan Film Commission, one of the longest-standing film commissions in Asia and one that still remains very proactive, and two production centers that it operates: Korea’s largest studio complex Busan Cinema Studio and 3D virtual production center Digital Bay. But the city had not attracted any Hollywood productions until Marvel chose it for a pivotal sequence in blockbuster “Black Panther.”

“The ‘Black Panther’ team was supposed to visit and check Singapore first, but unfortunately or fortunately, a typhoon hit Singapore at the time of their planned visit and they had to change their route. That is how they ended up visiting Busan first,” Lee Seung-eui, head of the production support department at BFC, told Variety. “When the team first contacted us in the summer of 2016, they did not reveal anything about the film. All we were informed was that it was a big project handled by a major Hollywood studio.”

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