Sunday, July 28, 2019

Which hotel in Taiwan was 'Lucy' filmed at?

Last time we saw Lucy she went god-tier but not before leaving something for keeps, literally.

The opening scenes to the 2014 blockbuster by Luc Besson were filmed on location in Taiwan, you may have gleaned as much from those shots of the iconic Taipei 101 in the trailer.

We are introduced to the titular heroine (no pun intended), played by jill of all trades Scarlett Johansson, at a hotel in the Taiwanese capital. That hotel is none other than the Regent Taipei.

The hotel set up a wedding gazebo on this day

Opened in 1990, the 21-storey hotel offers 538 rooms of five-star awesomeness: the kind of place Hollywood would imagine a cashed-up triad boss to be lodged.

'Lucy' was filmed over 11 days in Taipei in October 2013

The hotel has several entrances. The part where you first see Lucy and Richard (played by Danish actor Pilou Asbæk) leads to the main lobby facing leafy Zhongshan N Road.

Richard (Pilou Asbæk) pointing to the Regent Taipei main entrance
Lucy entering the hotel's sumptuous lobby

Regent Taipei boasts a retail galleria housing eight in-house restaurants, serving Chinese and western fare, as well as luxury stores from Hermes and Cartier to Christian Dior. (Louis Vuitton fronts the main lobby.) You can see a glimpse of the Regent Galleria behind the crime mob as they march toward Lucy.

Regent Taipei itself is set in a fashionable part of Taipei, surrounded by high-end stores to sate all your whims. If you're using 100 percent of your brain though, you'd be above all that.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Where is the Call Me by Your Name house?

You don't really come to the cinema to watch Call Me by Your Name, the sensory overload that it is. You come to vicariously live in the northern Italian province of Cremona, home to director Luca Guadagnino and a major shooting location for the award-winning movie.

You are transported to the town of Moscazzano, where you will find Villa Albergoni, also known as the summer home of the Perlmans and their hot-blooded guest Oliver.

Originally a fortress, the 17th-century villa boasts frescoed ceilings built by Raphael's pupil Aurelio Busso. A two-hectare private park surrounds the house: fertile ground for growing apricocks apricots and peaches.

It's worth noting that the movie version of the house differs from that of the novel, which sets it on a cliff overlooking the Italian Riviera and beside the home of a little girl named Vimini.

Villa Albergoni is very much a private property still. The Romanelli family, owners of the villa, do not grant access to the premises if you are not a serious home buyer. Unless you can put down an estimated €1.7 million for it, you can admire the house from a safe distance, a vision of Gideon, if you may.


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