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'The Sandman' inspired by Vietnam's Golden Bridge

By Phuong Mai   August 13, 2022 | 01:40 am PT
'The Sandman' inspired by Vietnam's Golden Bridge
Visitors walk on the Golden Bridge in Da Nang City. Photo by Ngan Duong
The image of a bridge appearing in "The Sandman," an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic series, was inspired from the Golden Bridge in Da Nang, the moviemaker has confirmed.

Ian Markiewicz, a visual effects supervisor, told VnExpress that Vietnam's Golden Bridge was the source of inspiration for the design of the two-handed bridge that character Martin Tenbones rows across in the opening scenes of the film.

Many Vietnamese viewers were surprised to see the bridge with two supporting hands that connects with the castle of Morpheus, because it seemed similar to the Golden Bridge in Da Nang.

Vietnamese netizens were also happy about it, saying it would promote Vietnam’s tourism image among the international community.

The bridge with two supporting hands appears in the opening scene of American movie, The Sandman. Photo courtesy of The Sandman Netflix

The bridge with two supporting hands appears in the opening scene of American TV series "The Sandman". Photo courtesy of Netflix

Designed by architect Vu Viet Anh and his team, the bridge at the Ba Na Hills Resort in the Truong Son mountain range, is 150 meters long and 12.8 meters wide. It is held up by giant hands made of fiberglass and mesh wire.

The bridge gained global fame soon after it opened in June 2018, attracting extensive media coverage and drawing visitors from all over the world.

"The Sandman" is an American fantasy drama television series produced for Netflix, based on the comic book of the same name written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics.

All 10 episodes of "The Sandman" were released on August 5 and it was one of the most-watched productions on Netflix last week.

"The movie follows the king of dreams Morpheus, played by a brooding, gothic Tom Sturridge, as he travels to Hell and back again, discovering how fears, pain and hope drive the paradoxical essence of humanity," a movie blurb says.

 
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