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Mt Taranaki doubles as Mt Fuji

Mt Taranaki doubles as Mt Fuji photo
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In 2003, the epic 'The Last Samurai' was filmed in the Taranaki region of New Zealand. The decision to film here was an easy one as Mount Taranaki resembles Mount Fuji and there are also forests and farmland that would have resembled the landscape near Mt Fuji back in 1876.

The lead actor was Tom Cruise who remarked:

"I'm very happy. It's beautiful here. It is a beautiful place to work, and I'm hoping to get some time to do a little climbing, some hiking, and maybe a little surfing."


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Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual Oceania)

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