Unemployed Hero In Need Of Work In Taiwanese Tokusatsu Comedy MACHI ACTION

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Unemployed Hero In Need Of Work In Taiwanese Tokusatsu Comedy MACHI ACTION
What happens when a costumed universal space hero is put out to pasture? Or, rather, the actor portraying him is? That's the basic concept behind Jeff Chang's Taiwanese scifi action comedy Machi Action. A surprise hit in Taiwan - where it just opened in the three spot behind The Grandmaster and Life Of Pi - stars Berlin Chen as the actor thrown out of work when producers decide they need a fresher face to stomp on their weekly galactic monsters. It's the sort of concept you would expect to come out of Japan, if anywhere, but Chang seems to have nailed it and the trailer is a clever, playful and heartfelt bit of work. Check it out below.
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Josh ParmerJanuary 22, 2013 5:07 PM

Oh wow, this looks pretty original. Great idea and the direction and cinematography is pretty great as well. Thanks for the info!

Antonio Raveau DrouillyJanuary 22, 2013 7:16 PM

Just today I was looking for some info on this, and most tokusatsu webpages were crying "Kamen Rider rip-off!!". Fortunately this is some sort of parody/homage... a little bit too sugary, but I'll give it a chance.

Frankensteins RobotSeptember 1, 2013 5:13 PM

Is this what 'Space Hero Fly' became? I know Space Hero Fly received a lot of complaints for being a Kamen Rider ripoff, so they must have cancelled those plans and then made Machi Action? The superhero costume is the same....