Monday, February 16, 2009
Live for nothing or Die for something - that is the tagline of the movie - RAMBO 4 - starring Slyvester Stallone and directed by him as well.
Almost 100 % of the 4th edition of the diehard full blooded Vietnam war veteran combatant called John Rambo, was filmed in Thailand, only the last part was filmed in USA.
Almost 90 % of the crew were Thai.
In RAMBO 4, there is a split second scene showing a tall mountain, but i doubt the mountain is in Thailand, but rather in Sabah, Malaysia.
The highest peak in Thailand is Mount Inthanon or Doi Inthanon in Chiang Mai at a height of 2,565metres (8,415 feet).. and known as the roof of Thailand.
While the highest peak in Malaysia is Mount Kinabalu in Sabah at 4,095 metres (13,435feet).
Even though the mountain was only displayed for 1 second in Rambo 4, I am 100% sure the mountain is infact Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia and not a mountain in Thailand.
Because as a Sabahan and a Malaysian, i see the mountain everyday and i know it very well.
Futhermore, Mount Inthanon peak is covered by thick forest canopy, while it is totally the opposite at the summit of Mount Kinabalu - all solid rocks and granites.
Stallone claimed 99 % of the movie was filmed in Thailand, only the last part - where Rambo finally went home to his house in USA was filmed in the US.
Maybe Slyvester Stallone needs to give some explanation here?????
Or maybe it was not infact Mount Kinabalu, but other mountain, similar in shape?
These are pictures of Mount Kinabalu, taken from various angles.
This is part of the movie RAMBO 4 on youtube - watch carefully and pause at 4.53... and you will see this mountain very similar to mount Kinabalu...
The following still of the mountain in Rambo 4.
Close Up view of that Mountain in Rambo 4.
Now compare that mountain in Rambo 4 to this picture of Mount Kinabalu taken by Sabah world renowed and award winning photographer Louis Pang from the waters off Pulau Mantanani, Kota Belud.
Well, i am not an expert here.... but YOU JUDGE....
Questions - Does Mr Slyvester Stallone need to apologize here for not crediting Sabah/Malaysia and for not even informing or seek permission from Sabah for that matter...
Furthermore, Sabah's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun said on 12 March 2009, that as far as he knew there was no such permission being given to the producer of Rambo 4 to use and feature that Mount Kinabalu image in Rambo 4.
And there was no formal application by Stallone for permission to use that mountain footage in his movie.
For the record, Rambo 4 earned 154 million US Dollars in revenue, against 50 million US Dollars in the total cost of making and producing this movie.
Come on Stallone, admit it or else we will loose faith in Rambo, Rocky Balboa, Tango & Cash, Terminator, Predator, Aliens, Men in Black, Jurassic Park, King Kong and anything Made in Hollywood.........