Chinese Films Shot in Czech Republic to Boost Tourism

    Last Visa by Quing Hua shooting in the Czech Republic Last Visa by Quing Hua shooting in the Czech Republic photo: Facebook of Twin Star Film

    PRAGUE: The number of Chinese tourists rose to 250,000 in 2015, compared to 17,000 a decade ago, following the Chinese romantic drama Somewhere Only We Know. The memorandum on film exchanges and cooperation signed by China and the Czech Republic in November 2015 aims at boosting not only the cinema exchanges but also the  development of tourism.

    Mutual cooperation between China and the Czech Republic became stronger in the last three years. The reason for the interest of Chinese filmmakers in shooting in the Czech Republic is not only their admiration for Prague and their appreciation of professional Czech film crews, but also the tax incentive programme of the Czech Cinematography Fund.

    Chinese TV series Last Visa, which had a 100 days shoot in the Czech Republic in 2015, will be broadcast by one of  Czech TV channels at the end of 2016 - beginning of 2017. The series directed by Quing Hua is a coproduction between the Chinese company Onmijoi Group and the Prague-based company Twin Star Film. The Czech Republic stood in for Austria, where the true story of a Chinese diplomat who saved many Jews from the Nazis, takes place. The series will premiere on the Chinese TV channel CCTV.

    Since 2014, when the Chinese romantic drama Somewhere Only We Know (Beijing KailaPictures) by Xu Jinglei was filmed, Czech locations have been one of the most popular destinations for Chinese directors looking to shoot films overseas. Somewhere Only We Know was followed by Wen Muye’s Cities in Love (ARTOWN Entertainment Co). Czech production company Milk & Honey Films was the line producer for both films.