THE RAID Villain Yayan Ruhian Stars In Indonesian Tokusatsu Film SATRIA HEROES: REVENGE OF DARKNESS

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THE RAID Villain Yayan Ruhian Stars In Indonesian Tokusatsu Film SATRIA HEROES: REVENGE OF DARKNESS

While the Power Rangers may be the best known heroes of the tokusatsu genre around the world the style of film - one that pits masked heroes against cosmic foes witha  fusion of special effects and grounded martial arts action - has a long and rich history. Yes, the biggest brands all originate in Japan, where the genre first emerged, but it crops up throughout Asia with a fairly high degree of regularity and it would appear a significant new entry has just arrived in Indonesia.

Releasing right about now, Satria Heroes: Revenge Of Darkness stars The Raid baddie Yayan Ruhian in a key part while offering up what appears to be a very high production value spin on all the classic tokusatsu elements with a distinctive Indonesian flavor. This is looking poised to be a major local hit and it's not at all hard to see why. Take a look at the trailer below!

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RexSMay 7, 2017 7:00 PM

"Very high production value" apparently means making a film that looks like it was shot in 1993 -- even by Indonesian standards -- and superimposing CG on top of every shot of actors running around in costumes. Naturally, that's just enough gimmickry to guarantee some pre-sales in the west to less discriminating distributors, especially with vested fest programmers pushing it through. But in fairness, I guess every country with no real cinematic or television pop cultural history of their own to compete with western and eastern imports deserves their shot at aping Hollywood and/or Japan, at least once! Kinda reminds me of those Thai pictures Mercury Man and Red Eagle, both of which jumpstarted nothing. Watchable, but no real legs.

Todd BrownMay 8, 2017 9:30 AM

I suppose that could just as easily read 'very high production value relative to Indonesian norms'. Or, honestly, relative to the vast majority of Japanese tokusatsu productions. Is it Hollywood blockbuster standard? Nope, but it's easily on par with the large majority of films of the type and much better than most of what is produced in Indonesia.

READYROCKMay 19, 2017 4:40 PM

Tokusatsu films at festivals? What planet are you from where they show Power Rangers type flicks at festivals?

And i just checked the trailer, looks pretty good for the genre. Author's not wrong, the production is pretty good. These films are for little kids, but without the big Hollywood budgets you see with Marvel or DC characters.

RexSMay 19, 2017 7:01 PM

I'm guessing you have no idea just how many film festivals are actually out there, including many devoted heavily to Asian and fantasy films (ask Todd, I'm sure he's been to his fair share, too). This film will undoubtedly play at some of them, where they won't likely be watched by many "kids".

So yeah, planet earth, I guess.

Oh, and criticizing fantasy action movies from outside of North America in no way means one is expecting them to rival Marvel movies. Don't be ridiculous.