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Aronofsky's Arc and the 8 Most Massive Set-Pieces of All Time


Hengdian World Studios (or "Chinawood") is a sprawling, city-sized film lot in the Zhejiang province of China, and at 2,500 acres is larger than Universal and Paramount Studios combined. Chinawood's claims to fame include a full-scale replica of Beijing's Forbidden City, a Qin dynasty imperial palace (which you know from Hero) and the largest indoor Buddha in China. This place has its own gravity. In ten years the surrounding village of Dongyang has blossomed from about 19,000 citizens to 70,000, many of whom end up as film extras.
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