I'm not so sure if this thread belongs here but it seems that the DVD titles below can be considered "Pinoy" too since our country was the chosen location to serve as the backdrop/landscape for these films.Please note that the below's description on these films are not mine but taken from (unless indicated otherwise) the website of the Erap created Philippine International Film & Television Office (PIFTO) - a special body mandated in facilitating the promotion and marketing of the Philippines as location site for the production of international films and televisions programs. That's good news!
On with the list...
Missing in Action
- A Chuck Norris starrer shot in the localities of Cavite, Pagsanjan and Luneta as Vietnam 1960's by the Cannon tandem of Menahem Golan and Yoran Globus.
The Year of Living Dangerously
- The streets of Manila as Jakarta, Indonesia during its turbulent 60's with Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver under the direction of the renowned Peter Weir of the "Truman Show" and "Fearless".
- Cited as 1986's most powerful film. This was shot in its entirety in the jungles of Pagsanjan and Cavite, directed by the critically acclaimed director, Oliver Stone.
Born on the Fourth of July
- Take two for Oliver Stone. Embracing the country and its people as his lucky charms, this reputable director comes back with a high-powered cast: Tom Cruise and Willem Dafoe. The battlefield of Vietnam was replicated in the quaint town of Laoag, Ilocos Norte. Mexico was also duplicated in the historic town of Vigan.
- The Philippines as Cuba - not through the wonders of computer technology but through the versatility of the country's cinematographic landscape and its people. Filmed in Clark and in the jungles of Pagsanjan; this was with Roger Donaldson of "Volcano" at the director's helm.
- Francis Ford Coppola spent five years in the jungles of the Philippines, filming this much acclaimed film on the horrors of the Vietnam War as based upon Joseph Conrads novel "Heart of Darkness".(text source: dvdworldonline.com)
The movie was filmed in the Philippines from March 1976 to May 1977 in Baler and Pagsanjan. The country was chosen because the terrain was similar to Vietnam and the Philippine military was willing to rent its equipment for the movie.(text source: Apocalypse Now tribute page)
- (the script required a) hideous Thai prison ruefully described by its inmates as the "Brokedown Palace." The story’s provocative nature made it impossible for the filmmakers to shoot on location in Thailand. After extensive scouting throughout southeast Asia, the production decided to shoot in the Philippine Islands.(text source: thaistudents.com)
An Officer and a Gentleman
- The plot revolves around Zachary Mayo (Richard Gere), son of a Navy sailor who grew up in the Philippines with his father after his mother died (we find out why later in the film). The scenes of Zack in the Philippines at the beginning of the film are yellow-tinged, but this is intentional.(text source: michaeldvd.com.au)
- It was the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War. 10 days of uphill carnage that took 70% casualties. The death toll was so high that the survivors named the hill "Hamburger Hill." Shot in the Philippines, "Hamburger Hill" looks and feels authentic. (text source: lightviews.com)
- Oli Laperal Jr., Manager for RSVP Film Studios in the Philippines, where the second unit work for Knock Off was completed says that people look to the Philippines when needing a location that can depict the Caribbean, Vietnam, or a tropical look. The Philippines is rich in rice fields, jungles and tropical beaches. According to Laperal, the late 1980s marked the "Vietnam Spaghetti Era," with movies like Platoon, Good Morning Vietnam, and Born on the 4th of July, being filmed there, but those days are over. Laperal anticipates the Philippines as becoming a backdrop for films that need to depict the Caribbean and South America. "I see a definite getting away from the Vietnam genre. (text source: cineweb.com)
Too Late the Hero
- Filmed on location in the Philippines, Suicide Run is the alternate title of the British war thriller Too Late the Hero. Cliff Robertson stars as an opportunistic, mildly cowardly US navy lieutenant who is reluctantly recruited for a suicide mission.(text source: blockbuster.com)
Kiss the Sky
- Plot Summary: Two professionals, Jeff and Marty, take a business trip to the Philippines. Their deep dissatisfaction with their lives leads them to forsake their friends and families for a return to the alcohol and drug-induced wanderings of their youth. (text source: imdb.com)
Man on the Moon
- Plot Summary: Jim Carrey plays Andy Kaufman--egocentric comedian, who tells his Hollywood agent George Shapiro (Danny DeVito): "I want to be the biggest star in the world." The writers successfully present Kaufman as "The King of Negative Energy." He loves hoaxes and put-ons. As a result, when the comedian tells his family and close friends that he is dying of lung cancer, they are not sure if he is serious. Later, near death, he flies to the Philippines (filming location: Baguio City)
to be treated by a famous healer, only to discover that this so-called miracle worker is nothing more than a showman like himself.(text source: spiritualityhealth.com)
Please feel free to add to the list if you are aware of any other DVD movies shot in the country.