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Kunihiro Fujioka (藤岡 邦弘, Fujioka Kunihiro), better known by his stage name Hiroshi Fujioka (藤岡 弘、, Fujioka Hiroshi), is a Japanese actor and martial artist best known for his role of Takeshi Hongo in the tokusatsu superhero series Kamen Rider, and later the Sega Saturn mascot Segata Sanshiro. He would reprise the role of Takeshi Hongo several times following the end of the original series, with his most recent appearance being in Saber + Zenkaiger: Superhero SenkiIcon-crosswiki.png.[1]

He also sung the original version of Let's go!! Rider Kick, during the opening of the first 13 episodes of Kamen Rider.

Biography

Fujioka was born into to his police officer father and a teacher mother in 1946. At birth, he had pneumonia but miraculously survived thanks to his mother's persistent care. At the age of six, his father taught him martial arts to help him overcome his illness by strengthening his physical and mental health. By the time he began elementary school, Fujioka was often transferring schools due to his father's work, and became the target of bullying. One day, he fought back and seriously injured one of his classmates, and his mother threatened to have them both commit suicide if he didn't stop.

When Fujioka was eleven, his father abandoned the family. From that day, he and his mother survived with less than three meals a day, and lunch money wasn't an option. As he grew up, he worked several part-time jobs to support them and couldn't tell anyone. Fujioka was unable to forgive his father until his later years. In high school, Fujioka joined the judo club and became its captain. Though he was tall and had an ordinary appearance, Fujioka was often targeted by delinquents but perservered thanks to his martial arts and fought back. At the age of 19, Fujioka began his acting career and joined an acting troupe, starring in his first movie and later his first drama.

Kamen Rider

In 1971, he gained national attention with his role as Takeshi Hongo in Kamen Rider, a role that would define Japanese culture as a whole. He originally performed his own stunts as Kamen Rider 1, and took all of it for granted, thinking that as a martial artist, he could handle it. However as he was filming on a motorcycle and turned into a road that he didn't know was under construction, the bike went out of control and Fujioka's leg got stuck on a utility wire. The bike comes around and hits Fujioka, sending him several meters across the street, shattering his leg and knocking him out. The incident caused a severe bone fracture, which required Fujioka to get long-term bed rest, while he was replaced by Takeshi Sasaki, who was written into the story as Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2. Eventually, Fujioka recovered and returned to the show, joining his co-star Sasaki as the Double Riders. From that point going foward, Fujioka did not continue to perform in-suit due to the risks it posed to production.

Personal Life

  • Fujioka has five children, four of whom are part of the entertaimment industry. His eldest son, Maito Fujioka portrays a young Takeshi Hongo in Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations.[2]
  • Fujioka writes his name with the ideographic comma at the end of his first name, stating that it's "meant to remind me to reconsider myself and what it is that I need to achieve. It shows that I am not yet finished with my tasks and must continue working toward their accomplishment."

Filmography

Television

Film

Video Games

YouTube Channel

Hiroshi Fujioka Family Channel (藤岡弘、ファミリーChannel) is a YouTube Channel operated by the Fujioka family and consists prrimarily of interview-style videos conducted by Fujioka's children. Each video opens with an original song performed acousticly by Maito Fujioka. Since April of 2021, many of the interview videos uploaded have been about Fujioka's time on Kamen Rider and his thoughts on the franchise's 50th anniversary, while each his children interviewees will give their thoughts on such as well.

Notes

  • Like Takeshi Hongo, Fujioka himself is also a cultural icon in Japan, as the minor planet 12408 Fujioka is named in his honor.
  • In 2012, Hiroshi commented on the passing of Shigeru Araki, who played Kamen Rider Stronger. [5]
  • In an interview, Hiroshi stated that his iconic transformation pose was inspired by a combination of his karate training, kabuki theater posturing and the sword stances of the Full Moon style used by samurai in the Nemuri Kyoshiro novels. The poses were created by choreographer Kazutoshi Takahashi, who was a performer of the Ohno Kennyu-kai performance troupe. [6]
  • During filming of Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations, Hiroshi was on set to support his son playing the younger version of his iconic role.

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