We are so used to seeing the international fantasy movie characters whom posses supernatural powers to save the world. Nevertheless, we should also familiarise ourselves with our very own fantasy TV/ Movie characters and be proud of our local productions (excuse the costumes).
1) Cicak Man
Being one of the most successful local superhero film productions, Cicak Man created Malaysian movie history by grossing RM350,000 with an audience attendance number of 47,116 in its first day. There were 3 sequels screened respectively in 2006, 2008 and 2015. Set in the make-believe city of Metrofulus, “Cicak-Man” is about the last person on earth anyone would expect to turn into a superhero. He has the super power of sticking to the wall, making chirping cicak noises and adding bugs to his menu.
2) Keluang Man
The Malaysian version of Batman, the Keluang Man cartoon series was very popular since his first appearance back in 1999 through Malaysian local TV channel, TV1. Set in a small town in called Tampoi, Johor, Keluang Man is about a justice fighter who is trying hard to protect the town of Tampoi and hope that it will turn back into a peaceful place for the citizens.
The Malaysian version of Transformer, Mantera (or MAN-Transformable Exo-Robotic Armour) came to theaters in 2012. The story was about a corporation that has developed a powerful suit of hi-tech armour as a weapon in a war between two rival secret societies. The device is stolen and falls into the hands of an ordinary student in Malaysia, Azman, granting him superhuman strength and speed that give him the power to bring the conflict to an end. With a pair of nano-tech gloves, Azman was able to turn motorcycles into a suit of hi-tech and powerful armours/ robots.
4) Antoo Fighter
Directed by Azizi Chunk Adnan, Antoo Fighter is a comedy action movie which came to theaters in 2008. It was said to be the Malaysian version of Ghostbusters. The story was about Antoo Fighter, a top secret group consisting of 5 chosen people on earth to protect the city of Kuala Lumpur from evil spirits every 60 years.
5) Kapoww: Atoi the Ajaib Boy
It was the second fantasy comedy directed by Azizi Chunk Adnan after Antoo Fighter. The movie came to theaters in mid-2010. The story was about Atoi, who always dream of becoming a superhero, and one day, he gets struck by lightning and he gets his wish – he can now move as fast as a speeding bullet and he has extraordinary vision.
6) XX Ray
Directed by Aziz M. Osman, XX Ray came to theaters at the end of 1992. The story was about Amir, a bright science stream student and his friend Anuar, left for Sarawak to conduct a research on the landing of meteorite. They meet an old man who gave them a fragment of the meteorite which is also being sought after by Baragas. While conducting an experiment the meteorite fragment explodes and Amir become invisible. He tries to bring himself back to normal while Baragas continues in his pursuit to possess the meteorite fragment.
BoBoiBoy is a Malaysian animated series produced by Animonsta Studios, centring on a boy who has superpowers and the ability to separate into three. With his friends, Ying, Yaya, Gopal, and Fang, they fight to protect the earth from alien threats who aim to conquer the Earth in the hunt for cocoa beans. The TV series was debuted on March 2011 and was broadcasted on TV3.
The TV series was shown in TV3 since its debut in 2011. The story was about a housewife, Amy Salim, whom possesses superhuman strength and speed that was passed down from her ancestors. Throughout her daily on-goings, she juggles between taking care of her two little kids and fighting crime.
9) Ryujin Juwara (Andil)
A collaboration effort between Double Vision, a Malaysia’s production company and Tomiuri-TV Enterprise Ltd. (Japan) and Mabui Stone Corporation (Japan). The scenes were shot in Okinawa, Japan and Malaysia. The story was about the Majimun Army began stealing the legendary Mabui Stones, the symbols of all things good and wholesome and must be protected at all cost, thus causing chaos to the local village. Ryujin Juwara (Andil) fights to retrieve these stones from the villains. Andil becomes a hero and gradually realises the importance of justice as well as the need to retain everything that is significant to Malay tradition and culture.