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 VacationEpisode and/or a BusmansHoliday if the characters end up doing the same thing abroad that they would do at home.


[[AC:Anime & Manga]]
* The third ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' movie involves some of the Japanese Chosen Children meeting Wallace in the U.S.
* In ''Manga/KOn'' the movie, the gang goes to England.
* The [[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket second series of Lupin III]] has the main characters going globe-trotting, where the first season was mostly set within Japan.

[[AC:Film -- Animation]]
* ''[[Disney/TheRescuers The Rescuers Down Under]]'', set in Australia (natch).
* ''WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis''
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'': While technically still the same country there is a world of difference between the wild west and New York.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' takes [=McQueen=], Mater and their friends out of Radiator Springs and across the globe, with stops in Tokyo, Paris, Italy and London.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'': only the first movie takes place on Madagascar. In the two sequels the characters go to Africa, then to Europe.

[[AC:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AceVenturaWhenNatureCalls'' takes place in Africa.
* "[[Film/ErnestPWorrell Hey Vern]]!! I went [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Goes_to_Africa to Africa]] too, [[CatchPhrase knowhutimean]]??"
* The sequel to ''Film/AgentCodyBanks'' was set squarely in London.
* ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'' takes place in TheNewRussia.
* ''Film/AnnieARoyalAdventure'' takes place in England.
* ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember'' is set in Japan.
* The gag SequelHook in ''Film/BabysDayOut'' involves a book called ''Baby's Trip to China''.
* ''[[Film/TheBadNewsBears The Bad News Bears Go To Japan]]''.
* ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]]'': London, Thailand, Australia
* The second ''[[Film/TheCheetahGirls Cheetah Girls]]'' MadeForTVMovie takes place in Barcelona, while the third takes place in India.
* Inverted with ''Film/CrocodileDundee'', where the protagonist goes to New York for the first movie and the sequel seems him back home in Australia. Played straight for part three, ''Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.''
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has an extensive sequence in Hong Kong, which is further than Batman goes during ''Film/BatmanBegins'', excluding the prologue.
* ''DeuceBigalow: European Gigolo''
* ''[[Film/DirtyDancing Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights]]'' takes place in Cuba.
* The 1975 softcore film ''Film/{{Emmanuelle}} 2'' begins with the lead character taking a boat trip to Hong Kong, where she stays as an expat for the rest of the film.
* The first two films in ''Franchise/TheEvilDead'' series are set in a small cabin somewhere in the U.S., while ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' ups things by having Ash stuck in ''Medieval Europe''.
* ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift]]''.
** And again with ''Fast Five'', which takes place in Brazil.
* ''[[Film/{{Flodder}} Flodder in Amerika]]'' (America)
* ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' 2 has Popeye Doyle in France.
* ''[[Film/{{Garfield}} Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties]]'', which is set in London, where Garfield [[PrinceAndPauper gets his life mixed up with that of an English cat.]]
* As part of the third series of ''Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe'', the cast recorded a "Back Where They Came From" special filmed in India.
* ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', the sequel to ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', is set in Britain.
** The Muppets would repeat themselves with ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'', the next film after ''Film/TheMuppets'' and the 7th theatrical sequel to ''The Muppet Movie'', which is set on a European tour.
* ''[[Film/TheHangover The Hangover Part II]]'', which takes place in Thailand and includes the characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the fact that the same circumstances happened in a foreign country.
* The first two ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films take place in the United Kingdom. ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'' is the first one to move the action to the United States.
* ''[[Film/TheKarateKid The Karate Kid Part II]]'' is set in Okinawa, Japan.
* French-Canadian film ''[[Film/LesBoys Les Boys 2]]'' is set in a Hockey Tournament in France.
* French film ''Film/LesVisiteurs'' had a sequel ''Les Visiteurs II'', followed by a US Foreign Remake, Just Visiting. The remake was released in France as a semi-sequel, ''Les Visiteurs en Amerique''.
* ''[[Film/OlympusHasFallen London Has Fallen]]''.
* ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' is set in China.
* ''[[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation National Lampoon's European Vacation]]''.
* ''Film/OceansTwelve'' went to Europe, justified by the title gang being too high profile to work in the USA without raising alarms (Not that it stopped them in Ocean's Thirteen).
** By the time the third movie rolled around, most of the gang had settled down and those that still worked had gone straight.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' opens in Singapore
** ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' opens in London.
* ''[[Film/PoliceAcademy Police Academy: Mission to Moscow]]''.
* ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'': The [[Film/FirstBlood first film]] is set in the Northwestern United States. In the sequels, he's doing his battles in Asia.
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}'': The second half of ''IV'' is set in Moscow.
* ''Film/RushHour'': Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong cop FishOutOfWater in LA. ''Rush Hour 2'' is set in Hong Kong - now his partner is the one out of water. ''Rush Hour 3'' takes place in Paris, where they're both out.
* ''[[Series/SexAndTheCity Sex and the City 2]]''.
* ''[[Film/{{Shaft}} Shaft In Africa]]''
* ''Film/ShanghaiKnights'', the sequel to ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'', is set in London. A third installment, ''Shanghai Dawn'', would have taken them to Russia but it never got made.
* [[Film/SherlockHolmes Game of Shadows]] took Sherlock Holmes out of London and across the Continent.
* ''Film/Speed2CruiseControl'' takes place in the Caribbean.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'' ups the ante by taking place in ancient Japan. Of course they ''are'' ninjas.
* In ''ThreeNinjas Kick Back'', the three ninjas and their grandfather go to Japan. (Of course ''they'' are ninjas and Japanese, respectively.)
* ''Film/TheThompsons'', the sequel to ''Film/TheHamiltons'', takes place in England.
* The Midgard parts of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' are set in London.
* ''TheToxicAvenger 2'' takes place in Japan.
* ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'' takes place in Mexico instead of Nevada.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/TheWolverine'' takes place almost entirely in Japan.
** Although ''First Class'' was the first ''X-Men'' movie to make forays outside of North America, ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' goes further, with all of the future scenes taking place either in Russia or China, and much of the '70s action unfolding in Paris and Saigon.

* ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' plays with this tradition and pertinent cliché.
* ''Literature/{{MASH}}'' 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.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/JoeMillionaire'' 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.
* ''Series/EscapeOfTheArtfulDodger'' has the characters from ''Literature/OliverTwist'' in Australia.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' 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.
* ''Music/SClub7'''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 ''Series/TheWrongMans'' was set almost entirely in Berkshire, England. The second series, while still featuring Berkshire a fair bit, had the characters go to Texas, USA [[spoiler:due to witness protection]]. Subsequently, they ended up in Eastern Europe and then France before returning to the UK.

[[AC:Professional Wrestling]]
* The third Wrestling/RingOfHonor Champion, Wrestling/SamoaJoe, 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 Wrestling/RoderickStrong and Wrestling/AustinAries of Generation Next decided to upgrade them to world status.

[[AC:Video Game]]
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon III'' starts the game in New York City, but moves to various foreign countries (namely China, Japan, Italy and Egypt) after the first stage.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFight 2'' involved Mike Haggar traveling to various Eurasian nations to take down the remnants of the Mad Gear Gang. The setting would move back to Metro City in ''Final Fight 3''.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto: London 1969''
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' is implied to be set somewhere in Eastern Europe, compared to the first being in an American laboratory in New Mexico.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' takes place in standard franchise setting Hyrule, whereas its direct sequel, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', takes place in the alternate land of Termina.
** Earlier, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' takes place in Hyrule, while ''its'' direct sequel ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' takes place on the island of Koholint.
* ''MaxPayne3'' sees Max shooting bad guys in the sunny Brazil, in a change of pace from New York.
* The Franchise/MetalGear series inverts this and then plays this straight. The original [=MSX2=] games, ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' took place in fictional third world countries, but ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' took place within the United States (in Alaska and Manhattan respectively), before going back to foreign settings from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' and onward.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** This is sorta the case when comparing ''VideoGame/{{Super Mario Bros 1}}'' with ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'', since it took awhile for the Mushroom Kingdom to be fully established as the default setting for the main {{Platform Game}}s.
** The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' sub-series started off in the Mushroom Kingdom with ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'', then moved to Rogueport and the surrounding areas in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', then ventured into several {{Alternate Dimension}}s in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', before finally returning to the Mushroom Kingdom in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar''.
* ''{{Shenmue}} 2'' takes place in Hong Kong.