‘Lumpia with a Vengeance’ comic book flick celebrates Filipino superhero

Lumpia with a Vengeance movie playing in Honolulu theaters
Published: Oct. 15, 2022 at 8:52 PM HST|Updated: Oct. 16, 2022 at 12:01 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new movie opened in Honolulu theaters this weekend featuring a Filipino superhero and a popular Filipino food, in time for Filipino American History Month.

It’s called “Lumpia with a Vengeance,” and it’s a comic book action film about a Filipino crime-fighter whose weapon is, you guessed it, lumpia.

The egg rolls filled with ground pork, beef and veggies are an iconic Filipino snack.

“There are superheroes that can dress like a bat or use a spider as a symbol. Why not his favorite food? You know? And so we just took that concept and made a fun movie out of it,” said producer/director Patricio Ginelsa.

Comic book film "Lumpia with a Vengeance" celebrates Filipino superhero

Ginelsa and a few cast members flew to Honolulu for the premiere last night at Regal Dole Cannery.

He says he’s grateful the crowdfunded homemade movie has resonated with Filipinos and non Filipinos alike.

“People are hungry for authentic representation. This film is a good example, when the community gets together and make something and like, lumpia, we wrap it together to something delicious, right? The spirit of bayanihan, the spirit of aloha is represented,” he said.

Ginelsa said the film took nine years to make and is a reboot of the first “Lumpia” movie he and his co-creators made 20 years ago.

It is now an actual comic book series based in the DFU -- deep fried universe.

You can catch the movie at Regal theaters at Dole Cannery, Kapolei and Pearl City -- and visit lumpiamovie.com for more info.