#BlackPanther filming spots bursting with African Pride

2018-01-31 19:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Marvel may not have shot any of their big scenes in Africa for the upcoming Black Panther, but you can still get in touch with your inner panther at the movie's top filming locations. 

South Africa has quite a special relationship with the upcoming black superhero movie, set in the fictional technologically advanced African country of Wakanda.

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We first saw the fictional country of Wakanda on the big screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was shot in our very own Jozi streets, and in Avengers: Civil War we find out the language of Wakanda is one of SA's 11 official languages - isiXhosa! Even our actors got in on the action, with SA acting veteran John Kani playing the king and father of the titular character. His son Atandwa Kani also stars in the movie, alongside another local actress Connie Chiume.

Unfortunately, South Africa won't be featured except through aerial shots, and no other African countries are represented in the filming locations. The main filming location was Busan in South Korea, which is backdrop for the plot, as well as South America, while the rest was filmed in a studio in the US.

This doesn't mean however there aren't some great locations to visit that will transport you into the delight that is Wakanda. African pride can transcend any border.

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Gwangandaegyo, South Korea

Also known as the Diamond Bridge, the Gwangandaegyo spans over 7.4 kilometres, connecting Suyeong-gu to Centum City, the longest bridge in the country. It is at its most spectacular at night, when the entire bridge lights up with thousands of LED lights, making for quite a romantic backdrop.

In Black Panther, T'Challa becomes embroiled in a high-speed car chase over the bridge, making the Gwangandaegyo even more hardcore, perfect for warrior face selfies, though I doubt you'd be allowed to do that insane back-flip.

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Jagalchi Fish Market, South Korea

Also forming part of the insane car chase scene, the Jagalchi Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the country and is a big shopping destination for tourists. You are able to eat raw fish straight from the market, or you can buy your seafood and have it cooked right there.

It also boasts an annual autumn festival, which is around October, which celebrates the food and culture of the city. Be prepared though for some odd-looking foods, though you won't see panther on the menu.

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Hundreds of waterfalls make up the Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world known for its tropical beauty, and marks the border of Argentina and Brazil. Local folktales claim that a young maiden fled the affections of a god with her mortal love, and in a fit of rage the deity split the river in half. Science however says the Iguazu is the result of a volcanic eruption.

The falls make for a stunning background as T'Challa is cheered on by Wakandans in the trailer, and you too can ululate like a true African on its towering cliffs. If South America seems too far, you could always pop on over to our neighbour's Victoria Falls.

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