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

By Brandon Specktor Jul 26, 2012

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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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Brandon is a writer and humor editor at Reader's Digest magazine. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, and wants to write a paranormal Western that begins, "First the cows turned up dead." What should the rest be about? Tell him on twitter @beardspeck.

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