Thursday, October 9, 2008

More Asian superheroes are coming

The recently ended Pusan International Film Festival had its Special Program in Focus on Superheroes in Asia, which featured 2006's Mercury Man from Thailand and 10 other Asian supers.

Io9 reviews the program, with this to say about Mercury Man:

Mercury Man was a more Western take, with a hero overtly modeled after Spider-Man. Mercury Man is a Thai fighting Afghan terrorists for America, a concept that continues to make our brain explode.

According to io9, causing more of a stir in Pusan was Cicak Man 2: Planet Hitam, a sequel to a 2003 Malaysian film that hits cinemas in December. And there's the prospect of Jeon Woo Chi, a $12-million South Korean sci-fi fantasy with a rascally hero. The Hollywood Reporter also had details on that.

The Hollywood Reporter also has a report on another project: A film of Ramayan 3392 A.D., Deepak Chopra's and Shekhar Kapur's superhero comic adaptation of the Ramayana -- which along with Sita Sings the Blues -- is something I'd like to see.


  1. Sita Sings The Blues will be shown at the Animation Nation film festival in Singapore at the end of the month. Unfortunately I'll be out of the country.

    That's something I want to watch too!

  2. Stefan, thanks for the heads up about the Animation Nation. Sounds interesting.

    AFP also has an article about Asian superhero films at PIFF.


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