Sequel Goes Foreign

A trend in movie sequels that pops up frequently. The first one is good enough to warrant a sequel and in either the second or third installment the action takes place in a foreign country.

Depending upon why the characters are in a foreign country, this may turn out to functionally be a longer Vacation Episode and/or a Busman's Holiday if the characters end up doing the same thing abroad that they would do at home.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • The third Digimon movie involves some of the Japanese Chosen Children meeting Wallace in the U.S.
  • In K-On! the movie, the gang goes to England.
  • The second series of Lupin III has the main characters going globe-trotting, where the first season was mostly set within Japan.

Film — Animation
  • The Rescuers Down Under, set in Australia (natch).
  • Rugrats in Paris
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: While technically still the same country there is a world of difference between the wild west and New York.
  • Cars 2 takes McQueen, Mater and their friends out of Radiator Springs and across the globe, with stops in Tokyo, Paris, Italy and London.
  • Madagascar: only the first movie takes place on Madagascar. In the two sequels the characters go to Africa, then to Europe.

Film — Live-Action

Literature
  • Witches Abroad plays with this tradition and pertinent cliché.
  • M*A*S*H had a number of sequels titled M*A*S*H Goes To _____, starting with Maine (Hawkeye returns home, Trapper decides to come with him) and hitting, before that particular horse was flayed beyond recognition, New Orleans, Paris, London, Las Vegas, Morocco, Hollywood, Miami, San Francisco, Montreal, and Moscow.

Live-Action TV
  • Joe Millionaire season 2 went to Italy and cast female contestants from Europe, because everyone in the US would be Genre Savvy enough after the first one that they couldn't pull the same trick again.
  • Escape of the Artful Dodger has the characters from Oliver Twist in Australia.
  • 24 was mainly set in the United States. A little bit of the third season was set in Mexico and the TV movie Redemption that served as a prequel to season seven had Jack in Africa, but a lot of the action, mainly the political stuff, was still set in the U.S. Live Another Day, which follows up on the series after it originally ended, is set entirely in England.
  • S Club 7's TV series is a strange example. It was a British band on a British TV show, but the first three series all took place in the United States, specifically Miami and L.A. The fourth season, however, took place in Barcelona, Spain.
  • The original run of The Wrong Mans was set almost entirely in Berkshire, England. The second series, while still featuring Berkshire a fair bit, had the characters go to Texas, USA due to witness protection. Subsequently, they ended up in Eastern Europe and then France before returning to the UK.

Professional Wrestling
  • The third Ring of Honor Champion, Samoa Joe, would take the title to Europe and declare his title Ring Of Honor World Championship after successfully defending it there. The tag team belts actually were taken to Asia when Roderick Strong and Austin Aries of Generation Next decided to upgrade them to world status.

Video Game


Alternative Title(s):

The Good The Bad And The Asian, Third Movie Goes To Asia