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Legend Hero Samgugjeon - A good Korean Tokusatsu
Who says the Japanese are the only ones who can do Tokusatsu?
By Meng Yeow Posted in Articles, Columns, Tokusatsu Hero, TV on December 23, 2018
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As Project Leo gained pace, I decided it would be a good idea to head over to YouTube to see what other indie Tokusatsu productions looked like. I never expected to come across one that not only isn’t indie, but also Korean. 

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Legend Hero Samgugjeon (LHS), a Korean Tokusatsu production that was made in 2016. Based loosely on the Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, LHS is the ideal Tokusatsu series for a fan who is sick and tired of noisy transformations and over-the-top power upgrades and forms. LHS also does not have overly emo characters who suffer from an existential crisis over the entire series.

What LHS did have is a straightforward storyline about the characters having to fight and win this ‘Dream Battle’ in order to be given a wish.  Sounds simple? It is, at the start. As the story nears the halfway mark, stakes gradually become higher and the ‘Dream Battle’ becomes much more than a Battle Royale for the characters.  

Not telling you what happened here.

You might want to know that I am just halfway through the 50 (Yes 50.) episode series. I just had to write this because I am truly enjoying LHS

As with many other TV shows and films, the best way to enjoy something is to approach it with an open mind. Throw all the ‘Tokusatsu must be Japanese’ logic out of the window. Stop trying to argue about what makes sense and what doesn’t. Just sit back and enjoy the show.

The portrayal of the legendary heroes may not be the most accurate (hey, it is Tokusatsu), but the characters are easily likeable. They have a fairly simple transformation sequence and have really cute Hero Pieces. And oh, by the way, the Hero Pieces are what the characters use to transform.

From left: Guan Yu, Huang Zhong, Zhao Yun, Ma Chao and Zhang Fei.

It does help that they actually have an official YouTube channel that contains the full series and with….English closed captions! So head over to their channel, subscribe and enjoy the series! Gun-shin-il-che (Lord and Subject as one!)

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