Director Guillermo del Toro Discusses Some of the Wild Fight Locales in Pacific Rim
06.22.12 by BJSprecher
Even though director Guillermo del Toro is not quite ready to share with us the designs of the gigantic "Kaiju" monsters that will terrorize the Earth in his new sci-fi epic, Pacific Rim, or the enormous piloted robots called "Jaegers" that humanity will create to battle the monsters, del Toro has been willing to share just enough details to get us salivating. Del Toro recently disclosed that "several blocks of Hong Kong" were built and "literally demolished" to show the devastation of the conflicts between monsters and mechs. And, in the most recent issue of Total Film Magazine, del Toro explained why some of the locales where the action takes place will make Pacific Rim a visually stunning action movie and a unique entry in the kaiju eiga ("monster movie") genre.
We had a Tokyo scene that we shot here in Toronto. We had several Hong Kong scenes and a few scenes in Australia, through the television. We briefly see the kaiju take over San Francisco. The whole Pacific Rim needs a sense of danger.
We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view.
The cast of Pacific Rim includes Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Diego Klattenhoff, Larry Joe Campbell, Burn Gorman, Brad William Henke, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, and Clifton Collins, Jr.. The screenplay was written by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans remake).