Monday, April 16, 2007
Spiderman 3... World Premiere In Japan...
Japan gets Spiderman before the states?! See here Well, I guess Sony Pictures IS fitting the bill. Plus, the Spiderman franchise's second biggest market is Japan, so why not. I have this feeling that Spiderman’s struggle resonates with Japanese folks, you know, the whole: noble hero that does the right thing but is unknown. I never really thought about it before, but that whole quiet nobility of Spiderman is kinda in the Japanese mindset.
You might think that Spiderman is a new thing with the movies, right? Well not exactly. Spiderman was licensed for a Japanese TV show back in the 1970s. He had a giant robot and fought space monsters in prototypical tokusatsu fashion. Japanese folks for the most part thought Spiderman was basically a corny Japanese TV show character, and couldn’t understand why the US would make a version of him.
Here a clip of the opening:
When they saw the original American Spiderman though, they were quite simply, blown away. Spiderman became a huge hit in Japan. Even my SO was surprised at how good the first film was and she finally understood why I like this superhero stuff so much. So, the deep recesses of the Japanese mindset was primed for Spiderman and they now get the world premiere for Spiderman 3. Spidey’s turning Japanese… ah.. ...but he already was since 1978!