How YVR Was Occupied By Nazi Germany & Imperial Japan


You might recall how parts of Chinatown, Shaughnessy, Olympic Village, the North Shore, UBC, and New West were Deadpooled last summer to shoot scenes for the new Amazon original series, The Man In The High Castle. Such is life in Vancouver, right?

What made the shoot so unique, however, was the very particular set of thematic challenges it faced. The series – based on the 1963 novel by Philip K. Dick – depicts an alternate ending to World War II that sees the United States occupied by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.  So the crew wasn’t just transforming bits of the city into San Francisco circa 1962, they were Nazifying it and guarding it with Imperial and SS troops.

As you can well imagine, not many Vancouver property owners cared to see their homes or businesses adorned with rising sun banners or swastika flags, so much of the work fell to the visual effects department, as the short clip from Wired reveals above. For more, check out all the stills via YVR Shoots. Ooh, and scope this action scene, which was filmed entirely in Yaletown.

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