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Since opening on May 3, Hentai Kamen has been a huge hit in Taiwan. Within three days of opening, it was off to a fantastic start with box-office takings of 4,680,000 Taiwan dollars (US$155,974). Not bad for a film whose hero derives his power from…wearing panties on his head?

The Hentai Kamen (English title: Ultimate!! Pervert Mask) movie, based on a short-lived comedy manga published in Shōnen Jump magazine, revolves around an unlikely hero whose superpowers are awakened when he puts a pair of panties on his head. I’m serious – I could not make this stuff up.

In preparation for the launch, never-before-seen TV commercials were aired and 150 buses emblazoned with Hentai Kamen ads declaring ‘Give me your panties, the  world depends on it!’ were driven out onto the streets of Taipei. The movie opened on 40 screens at 38 cinemas, even more screens than in Japan. Seems like Taiwan is in thrall to the sexy power of Hentai Kamen’s panty-wearing pervert.

Hentai Kamen impressively made its debut at number 3 in Taiwan’s box office charts, coming behind director Danny Dyer’s Trance in second place, and the blockbuster Iron Man 3 in first place. That’s right, Hentai Kamen entered the Top 3 as Asia’s representative, next to Hollywood epics and European masterpieces.

Speaking of Japanese movies in Taiwan, the most popular so far in 2013 is One Piece FILM Z, surpassing sci-fi movie Platina Data and Daijoubu 3 Kumi (English Title: Nobody’s Perfect).

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Source: Nari Nari