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Toronto transformed into Tokyo

April 13th, 2012

Toronto just got a little closer to Tokyo.

Critically acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hell Boy) has given a street adjacent to Toronto’s iconic City Hall a movie star makeover, transforming it into an apocalyptic Tokyo landscape, complete with Japanese signs, flags, mailboxes, even plastic cherry blossoms affixed to trees, for the upcoming film Pacific Rim. The movie’s plot is top secret, but is rumoured to involve a massive monster attack along the coasts of the Pacific Ocean.

Toronto has been a popular movie making destination for years, and film and television crews from all over the world are a common sight on city streets. The diversity of Toronto’s neighbourhoods mean that with the help of a little movie magic Canada’s largest city can stand in for almost any location. In recent years Toronto has doubled for cities ranging from New York (The Incredible Hulk) to Chicago (The Vow) to Moscow (the upcoming Resident Evil: Retribution) and now even Tokyo!

Look for Pacific Rim to hit theatres everywhere in the summer of 2013.

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