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From February 17, 2017, Chinese fantasy epic The Great Wall will be raging around theatres screens all over the country, with Matt Damon in the leading role of an 11th century European mercenary embroiled in a tough battle against a horde of monstrous creatures. Here's the trailer:

For a while now, there's been much hype — and white-washing controversy —surrounding the US-Chinese co-production, directed by cinematography legend Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers.) However, while we know it may be the largest of its kind, with a phenomenal amount of special effects, there's still a lot to be learned about how it was made. In particular, more and more people are asking — "where was The Great Wall filmed?" Find out below:

Where Was 'The Great Wall' Filmed?

'The Great Wall' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'The Great Wall' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Considering The Great Wall is a film about China, audiences around the world won't be too surprised to find out that it was actually shot there too. However, no real-life locations were actually used.

Unable to shoot on the actual Great Wall of China for the obvious reason that it's one of the greatest wonders of the world, Zhang's colossal team of designers built two walls in a giant film studio complex in Qingdao — one was a low wall, while the other a high one. With the entire set stretching to well over 200 metres, both were placed in front of one of the largest green screen ever used in the film industry.

According to the director, even Matt Damon was impressed when he first set eyes on the structure:

“Matt Damon said it was the biggest green screen he’d ever seen and I think it’s the biggest green screen ever assembled in the world.”

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'The Great Wall' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'The Great Wall' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Alongside this, production also traveled to New Zealand to bring to life some of the scenes of the US-Chinese Juggernaut. As well as the studio in Qingdao where The Great Wall was filmed, 12 months of labour-intensive work went on with Weta, the New Zealand workshop behind the epic Lord of the Rings series.

It was here that most of the digital effects were made into a reality, as well as more 20,000 props and 5,000 weapons created to be used on set at the principal photography location of Qingdao.

Were you already familiar with the real locations where The Great Wall was filmed?

'The Great Wall' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'The Great Wall' [Credit: Universal Pictures]

(Sources: South China Morning Post)


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