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Why Everyone Films At The Same Damn New York Chinese Restaurant -
January 18, 2013
"So the other day, I finally saw Men In Black III, and there was one location that stood out: located in Chinatown, Wu’s is THE Chinese restaurant all directors beg us to find. From the paper lanterns and intricate woodwork to the numerous fish tanks and detailed wallpaper. Throw in the hanging ducks in the window, and you’ve got every director’s ideal Chinese restaurant filming location. And of course, I immediately knew that Wu’s was fake, built from scratch on a soundstage. Why? Because this location does not exist in Manhattan." -
"There’s only one problem: this is what your average Chinatown restaurant looks like. White walls, a few bits of ornamentation on a wall or two, some chandeliers…and that’s it. Seriously, this is the norm. But try and convince a director of this, and they will look at you like you just moved to the city last week. “Are you SERIOUSLY telling me,” they will ask incredulously, “that there isn’t a single Chinese restaurant in all of Manhattan with red wallpaper and crazy ornamentation???” Yes. That is what I’m telling you." -
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