- Super Hero Central
name = Super Hero Central
caption = Super Hero Central DVD Box Cover
Hae Won Shin Kevin Thompson
Donald G. Jackson/> Linnea Quigley
editing = Jake Dharma
released = 4 August 2004
runtime = 90 minutes
country = USA
language = English
website = http://www.scottshaw.com/superherocentral/
imdb_id = 0429139
"Super Hero Central" is a
2004 Martial artsoriented Cult Film. This film was directed by and stars Scott Shaw.
The Co-Stars of this films include
Donald G. Jackson, Conrad Brooks, and Kevin Thompson (actor).
This film follows two primary characters, "Ace X" and "Kid Velvet", played by Shaw and Thompson. These two characters are members of a
Rock n' Rollband, named "Super Hero Central", who live on the skids of both society and the music industry. They transform into masked superheros to takedown a Hollywood crimelord, named "Rinaldi".
The third primary character of this film is an unnamed character, played by
Donald G. Jackson. This character goes through the film, reporting on the band through telephoneconversations and while driving through Hollywood. The fourth, also unnamed, primary character is played by Hae Won Shin. This character is a spiritual teacher who sends Shaw on his mission to fight crime.
The other primary characters who appear in this film are a
reporter, "Linda Marshall" and a police commissioner, "Commissioner Beckman". The reporter is seen throughout the film, reporting on the crime activities taking place in Hollywood, interviewing the police commissioner, and also interacting with the band members. She is eventually captured by the crimelord, which set the climax of this film into motion.
"Super Hero Central" was filmed in
Hollywood, California, Macau, Taipei, Taiwan, Tokyo, Japan, and Vancouver, British Columbia. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429139/locations] This filmfollows two crime-fighting Superheros, played by Shaw and Thompson, who disguise their Superhero identities as members of a Rock n' Rollband.
Similar to many Scott Shaw films "Super Hero Central" utilities
Hollywood, Californiaas a cinematic backdrop. Though his films are often shot in multiple locations, utilizing various geographic locations in the United Statesand Asiato tell the story, the primary storyline of his films generally originate in Hollywood. Hollywood landmarks such as the Hollywood signand images of Hollywood Blvd.are commonly seen in his films. This is also the case with "Super Hero Central".
As is the case with virtually all Scott Shaw films, the story for this movie is presented in a non-linear fashion and there are many unexpected and seemingly unrelated events presented throughout this film. This film also possesses the references to
BlacksploitationCinema apparent in virtually all Scott Shaw films and this feature is full of Music videostyle edits where the central characters leave behind the storyline and interact solely by the presentation of visual images in association with Techno music. As this film was created soon after the death of his longtime filmmaking partner Donald G. JacksonShaw designed the story line of Super Hero Central to pay homage to some of the previous films he had created in association with Jackson." [http://www.scottshaw.com/superherocentral/]
The final credit of this movie is, "In Memory of Dinosaur Filmmaking." This is the same final used in many Scott Shaw films. [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002396/bio]
This film is an ideal example of the new style of
Cinéma véritédeveloped by Scott Shaw, known as Zen Filmmaking. "Zen Filmmaking" is a distinct style of filmmaking where the primary concept is that no scripts are used in the creation of a film. Another primary element of "Zen Filmmaking" is that much of the film is shot using the documentary style hand-held camera technique.
* [http://www.superheroeslives.com/originals/super_hero_central_(2004).htm Super Hero Central at Super Hero's Live]
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