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SET: THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Shows What North America Would Be Like if Japan & Germany Won WWII

Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle is setting up to film on the Main Mall at the University of British Columbia [Monday through Wednesday].

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Alternate history? What if the Japanese and Germans won WWII?  The Man in the High Castle — based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel — imagines an alternate reality where different victors of the war divide the United States into three regions — with Japanese forces controlling the west coast, a neutral zone in the middle and the German forces controlling the east coast.

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From producers Ridley Scott and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), the 10-episode series shot its pilot in Seattle (as San Francisco and New York) and Roswell, Washington (as Colorado), with Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crain,  Rupert Evans as Frank Frink, Rufus Sewell as SS Obergruppenführer John Smith, Luke Kleintank as Nazi double-agent Joe Blake and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as a Japanese official. The Man in the High Castle began filming the rest of the series in metro Vancouver in late April and is expected to wrap in late August.

Related: The Man in the High Castle Films Rufus Sewell as American Nazi John Smith in Downtown Vancouver.

So far, I have seen more of German-controlled New York than Japanese-controlled San Francisco, except for one set early this month next to the Chinatown murals on Columbia Street. While I arrived too late to see filming, crew had not yet removed set dressing for a stereo store circa 1962 and related street dressing.

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Reimagined period television shows will replace the green screens.

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Japanese street dressing.

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Props in front of Columbia Street murals Wah Chong Laundry (1884) and Seated Men on the Corner (1936).

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