It’s taken a few years and all the while after languishing locally from its short-lived box office run, but the impending U.S./Canada release of Indonesian superhero actioner, Valentine: The Dark Avenger, has finally arrived with an official trailer. Shout! Factory acquired the rights earlier this year as reported during Carnaby’s sales run in Berlin and now the film will have a Blu-Ray and DVD rollout beginning May 14, with pre-orders now up and running at Shout! Factory, and effectively granting debut actress Estelle Linden a fair and promising international outing.
A glimpse at some of the EFM buzz titles published this week at Screendaily are aloft with some excting offerings. Indonesian superhero thriller, Valentine is no exception as obscure as the film has been since having its release held back for more than a year prior to its short-lived theatrical run in November of 2017.
For the longest time I wondered just what in the sixth circle of hell happened with the adaptation of Aswin MC Siregar’s superheroine comic, Valentine. It’s anyone’s guess as far as I know beyond the post production process seeing as how the film started its release campaign in 2015 but, the film is finally out now and playing in local theaters, host to local TV actress Estelle Linden who underwent a year of versatile martial arts training for the lead role.
The film itself takes place in fictional Batavia City where a hungry director looking to cast his ambitious superhero film finds his potential lead actress in Srimaya, a struggling waitress and gifted martial artist. Desperate to appeal to reluctant producers, he convinces her to dress up in her alterego to fight real-life criminals in a series of viral videos that ultimately make her an internet sensation, while also drawing the attention of evil forces convinced that the city’s newfound guardian angel has met her match.
Whatever happens I hope Indonesia isn’t the first and last place this film gets its publicity going into the new year. Three years is a long time and I reckon there are reasons but this definitely shouldn’t have fallen off of anyone’s radar and with any luck this movie will see more audiences overseas before long. It’s been a bustling month somewhat for superhero movies and Valentine definitely has its appeal in my view.
Check out the extended trailer from several weeks ago and let’s hope someone is keen on bringing this one stateside.