The Brilliance of Kato

The Nerds of Color

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So like many people, I recently caught that Sony movie which stars Seth Rogen.

Only it wasn’t The Interview. It was the 2011 superhero spoof known as The Green Hornet.


While the film committed more than its share of cinema sins, it ultimately redeems itself by establishing one very fundamental truth: the most important character in Green Hornet is not the eponymous crime-fighter but his partner Kato who was played brilliantly by the very talented Jay Chou.

There’s a reason why the 1966 television series is known as The Kato Show in Asia. A multitude of reasons in fact, one of them being that Kato subverted the superhero sidekick paradigm in a most epic manner.

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