It is good to live in Taiwan if you are a super hero fan
Though American comic books and graphic novels have still yet to become a norm in Taiwan, the country remains a place that hero fans must feel lucky to be in. As a result of Taiwanese movie goers having a unique taste in watching entertaining blockbusters, the country has enabled film companies to make tons of money when releasing their movies locally, which correspondingly encourages said companies to actively release the films in Taiwan.
Though it can’t be denied that the otherwise geek culture has been embraced by non-geeks and nerds more and more as of late around the world, thanks to beautiful stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Christian Bale portraying enigmatic and interesting characters like Iron Man/ Tony Stark and Batman/Bruce Wayne, no country has seen a greater surge in geek movie embracement than Taiwan.
The trend is likely a result of years and years of Japanese Manga influence and the preference of Hollywood movies over that of the Asian cinema.
Taiwanese locals, whether boys or girls, are brought up watching Japanese-influenced fantasies with stories revolving around none other than super heroes, adventures and awesome magic. Kids are constantly made familiar with dashing sword fights and sparks of bravery and valor displayed on a constant basis by characters that are always bigger than life.
Hence, it would be safe to conclude that the result is Taiwanese people having an easy time accepting whatever hero movies are thrown at us since we not only enjoy them, but we are immensely accustomed to them as well.
And our acceptance and support of the culture have been properly rewarded. The reason this statement can be boldly made is proven by the fact that Taiwan has been releasing Marvel superhero films way ahead of their origin country, the United States. Just next week on Wednesday, April 22, Taiwan will release “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ahead of the U.S., which has a set release date of May 1. Even Marvel’s most recent film flicks like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” have found their ways into Taiwanese theaters before most other nations.
Aside from movies, Taiwan has been blessed to be a neighbor of Hong Kong, the country recent popular figurines company “Hot Toys” is currently based in. Though priced on the expensive side, Taiwanese are given the opportunity to purchase 1: 16 lifelike figurines ranging from the Marvel’s Hulk to Tyrion Lannister from “Game of Thrones,” still at prices less than those of other countries.
The only elements that result in Taiwan falling short of completing the benefits are the lack of visiting movie stars like Chris Hemsworth of “Thor” fame and the absence of translators for graphic novels and comics. And the reasons make no sense.
When questioning why a big hero star has yet to visit the county, Taiwan is often given the reply of us being too small a country to be worthy of a promotional tour led by a big star. Taiwan is also often told that it has less market potential than mainland China. However these are all reasons that could be disproved by the mere fact that Taiwan has been chosen as the one country that is allowed to release superhero movies ahead of schedule due to the amount of profit the county has made for movie and comic book companies alike.
The reason Taiwan does not have a market in English comic book and graphic novel translations is strange as well. With the amount of Manga adored by the nation, as well as the amount of television and movie adaptations that have garnered a faithful following, Taiwan should be bombarded with American graphic novels that are translated for all.
But regardless of the shortcomings, Taiwan is nonetheless a paradise to be a geek in. Not only are we blessed with early movie releases, we are also given the opportunity to host various superhero expos like the Marvel cinema expo that is currently going on in Taipei. Taiwan is also a country that surging exercise brand Under Armour has decided to branch into, releasing to the nation an abundance of workout clothes from its superheroes line.