Thanks to the very memorable VR Man, the creation of a Singaporean superhero has long been a conversation among local geeks. While there have been many takes on the idea since the ’90s, as both parodies such as Captain SMRT (or was it SMRT Man?) and more straight-laced ones such as Crimson Star, Singaporeans have been wary–rightfully so–of what diabolical scheme the next superhero attempt may contain.
Thankfully, tokuAsia, the team behind Sacred Guardian Singa, have a much clearer idea of what makes a tokusatsu-styled superhero tick. A product of their 14-year long journey, Sacred Guardian Singa finally makes his global debut with this peek into the series:
Having only been screened twice before this launch, the trailer has been well-received by the audience at the Singapore Visitor Centre (Katong & Joo Chiat) launch event in November 2019, and at Singapore Comic Con in December 2019.
Sacred Guardian Singa is the story of a young man intent on forging his own path, who must come to terms with a power he is destined to inherit from a past life, in order to defend the future of humanity against an evil cult that seeks to free their leader from his centuries long imprisonment within the fabled Crown of Nila Utama.
Inspired by popular long-running Tokusatsu (SFX) programs such as Kamen Rider, Sacred Guardian Singa firmly embraces its Singaporean & Southeast Asian origin by incorporating the region’s shared history & mythology into its lore, all while telling a contemporary superhero story that deals with identity, purpose and destiny.
Singaporean actor/stuntman Kasimir Poh Cieslak plays Ryan Leong (Best Actor in a Dramedy, Asia Web Awards 2019), who assumes the mantle of Singa, is joined by actors Dorothy Leong (Ex-Losers 3, MediaCorp Channel 5), Sherly Devonne Ng (Love Shop, Viddsee Studios; Tanglin, MediaCorp Channel 5) and Kris Mavericko rounding up the lead cast.
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