|This article is about a movie in the reboot film series, Kamen Rider The First and Kamen Rider The Next.|
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Kamen Rider The First (仮面ライダー THE FIRST, Kamen Raidā Za Fāsuto, Masked Rider The First) is a Japanese superhero tokusatsu film that serves as a modern re-imagination of Kamen Rider. In the film, Takeshi Hongo must fight back against an organization who has deemed him a traitor.
The catchphrase of the movie is "Those who inherit, the souls." (継ぐのは、魂。, Tsugu no wa, tamashii.)
Furthermore, many years after its release, the redesigned vehicle served as inspiration for the 2007 Transformers movie and its live-action film series as well as the redesigned suits and the special effects both served as inspirations for the 2008 Iron Man movie and Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man movie, 2013 Man of Steel movie and DC Extended Universe and many more others.
College student Takeshi Hongo is abducted into the terrorist organization Shocker (Sacred Hegemony Of Cycle Kindred Evolutional Realm), at the hands of a Cyborg Inhumanoid known as the Bat. There, he undergoes painful reconstructive surgery, turning him into an Inhumanoid himself. Unlike the original series, he does not escape prior to mental conditioning by Shocker, and becomes one of their soldiers, nicknamed "Hopper". He carries out a mission successfully, and meets Shocker's major agents, including Dr. Shinigami. Hongo receives his orders— Kill those who have seen Shocker's Inhumanoid soldiers. However, what he doesn't realise is that the two witnesses are the journalist who had interviewed him prior to his kidnapping, Asuka Midorikawa and her fiancé Katsuhiko Yano. Attacking the two along with Shocker soldier Spider, it is here that Hongo remembers his humanity, and has an epiphany with regards to what he should do. Despite his efforts, Katsuhiko is killed by Spider, and Asuka finds Hongo next to the body. Blaming him for Katsuhiko's death, she begins to follow him, attempting to ascertain why whom she thought was a normal college student is a murderer.
Meanwhile, at Shocker headquarters, it is revealed that those who undergo Shocker's treatment need periodic blood transfusions, lest they reject their cybernetic components. Though Hongo seems to lack the need for the transfusions, he is labeled a "traitor" by Shocker and must be destroyed. It is here that Dr. Shinigami reveals his plan to create a second soldier based on Hopper's design to do the job. Hongo, having now abandoned Shocker, visits Tobei Tachibana, who gives him his motorcycle, the Cyclone. He is then able to defeat Spider. Asuka meets Hayato Ichimonji, who is identical to her fiancé, whom she thought was dead. He reveals that "Katsuhiko Yano" was an alias. What he doesn't tell Asuka is that he had been kidnapped by Shocker and turned into the 2nd Hopper. His mission: defeat Hongo at any cost.
The film also features a subplot, interspersed throughout. It involves two terminally ill hospital patients, who get a chance to live after an offer by Shocker. The couple is taken to Shocker's island base, where they laugh and play under the watchful eye of Shocker's sinister bird logo. It is only then that it is revealed that this part of the film has been a flashback, taking place around a year ago. The two had underwent the reconfiguration and surfaced in the current story as Shocker soldiers Cobra and Snake, who branded Ichimonji a traitor for failing Shocker by putting his feelings for Asuka first.
Ultimately, the Riders team up after Bat attempts to kidnap Asuka and turn her into an Inhumanoid, which enrages Ichimonji enough to cause him to turn on his former masters. They defeat Shocker's three cyborg soldiers at their island base, but other major agents have survived, and they're already in the process of fashioning of a new base of operations while plotting a new scheme to eliminate the Riders. While the two newly-christened Kamen Rider will destroy Shocker for good, once and for all.
|Kamen Rider 1||Takeshi Hongo|
|Kamen Rider 2||Katsuhiko Yano|
- Shocker Combatmen
- Haruhiko Mitamura
- Miyoko Harada
- Elderly Gentleman
- Great Leader
Differences between film and television
There are many differences between the film and the original series; Some of these, however, are due to a closer reliance on the original Kamen Rider manga by Shotaro Ishinomori.
- The movie takes place in 2005, while the original series is set in 1971.
- The movie has a great deal of elements from the original television series that spread across from the beginning to end, although several of these conflict with the film's timing. Takeshi Hongo originally had to ride his motorcycle at high speeds to power his Typhoon belt and transform into his Rider form while Ichimonji Hayato was able to power the Typhoon by arm movements. Although Hongo was able to do the same eventually, the movie version can do it from the beginning.
- The Riders' "transformation" movement is also different from the actual series. In the series, Hongo and Ichimonji perform a series of stylish hand-waving, then jump into the air to complete the transformation. The hand movements are implemented later in the movie, as battle poses before their confrontation with the Bat, but have no connection to their transformation. In this movie, they simply open up their leather jackets (or polo shirt, in one of Ichimonji's cases), revealing the Typhoon Belt (and their body armor), then snap on their helmets and faceplates on their heads to transform.
- Dr. Shinigami appears from the very beginning of the movie, although in the original series, he appeared after the defeat of Colonel Zol, the first Shocker general.
- The character of Ichimonji Hayato was completely rewritten. In the television series, Ichimonji was a photographer who was kidnapped to become Shocker's new Kamen Rider, although he was rescued by Takeshi Hongo before he could be brainwashed; the two were allies from the beginning. In the film, Ichimonji was originally Katsuhiko Yano, the lover of Asuka Midorikawa. Katsuhiko was killed by Spider, and Hongo/Hopper was framed for it. Katsuhiko's corpse was recovered and turned into a cyborg similar to Hongo. His brain was altered to believe he was a man named Ichimonji Hayato in competition for Asuka's affection. Ichimonji originally served as Hongo's enemy, and later a hesitant ally. He disappears at the end of the movie, leaving his helmet on the road.
- Asuka Midorikawa shares the same last name as one of Hongo's professors who had worked for Shocker, Professor Midorikawa. In the original series, it is Professor Midorikawa who saves Hongo before he can be subjected to brain surgery by providing the distraction to allow Hongo to escape, only to ultimately be murdered by the Spider. Asuka also shares a similarity with Professor Midorikawa's daughter, Ruriko; both had witnessed the death of their respected loved ones (Professor Midorikawa for Ruriko, who was her father, and Katsuhiko Yano for Asuka, who was her fiancé) with their own eyes and originally thought that Hongo was to blame for it. Then both of them ultimately found out the truth and forgave Hongo.
- Many other characters like Professor Midorikawa, Kazuya Taki and other Shocker monsters (Scorpion Man, Sarracenian, Mantis Man, Shinigami Chameleon and Wasp Woman) does not appeared in the film.
- Kamen Rider The First (manga) (仮面ライダー THE FIRST, Kamen Raidā Za Fāsuto)
- Takeshi Hongo (本郷 猛, Hongō Takeshi): Masaya Kikawada (黄川田 将也, Kikawada Masaya)
- Hayato Ichimonji/Katsuhiko Yano (一文字 隼人/矢野 克彦, Ichimonji Hayato/Yano Katsuhiko): Hassei Takano (高野 八誠, Takano Hassei)
- Asuka Midorikawa (緑川 あすか, Midorikawa Asuka): Rena Komine (小嶺 麗奈, Komine Rena)
- Tobei Tachibana (立花 藤兵衛, Tachibana Tobee): Hiroshi Miyauchi (宮内 洋, Miyauchi Hiroshi)
- Haruhiko Mitamura (三田村 晴彦, Mitamura Haruhiko): Eiji Wentz (ウエンツ 瑛士, Uentsu Eiji)
- Miyoko Harada (原田 美代子, Harada Miyoko): Ryoko Kobayashi (小林 涼子, Kobayashi Ryōko)
- Shocker Staff: Lady (ショッカー幹部・美女, Shokkā Kanbu Bijo): Mayumi Sada (佐田 真由美, Sada Mayumi)
- Shocker Staff: Youth (ショッカー幹部・若者, Shokkā Kanbu Wakamono): Issa Hentona (辺土名 一茶, Hentona Issa)
- Shocker Staff: Elderly Gentleman (Dr. Shinigami) (ショッカー幹部・老紳士, Shokkā Kanbu Rōshinshi): Hideyo Amamoto (天本 英世, Amamoto Hideyo)
- Shocker Staff: Elderly Gentleman (Dr. Shinigami, voice): Eiji Maruyama (丸山 詠二, Maruyama Eiji)
- Spider (スパイダー, Supaidā): Itsuji Itao (板尾 創路, Itao Itsuji)
- Bat (バット, Batto): Kanji Tsuda (津田 寛治, Tsuda Kanji)
- The Member of the House of Representatives (代議士, Daigishi): Renji Ishibashi (石橋 蓮司, Ishibashi Renji)
- The Private Secretary (秘書官, Hishokan): Hirotaro Honda (本田 博太郎, Honda Hirotarō)
- Megumi (めぐみ, Megumi): Hitomi Nakahodo (仲程 仁美, Nakahodo Hitomi)
- Shocker Combatmen (ショッカー戦闘員, Shokkā Sentōin, Voice): Katsumi Shiono (塩野 勝美, Shiono Katsumi)
- The Hopper 1 (Kamen Rider 1): Hiroshi Maeda (前田 浩, Maeda Hiroshi)
- The Hopper 2 (Kamen Rider 2): Mark Musashi (マーク 武蔵, Māku Musashi)
- The Spider: Akira Ohashi (大橋 明, Ōhashi Akira)
- The Bat: Makoto Arakawa (荒川 真, Arakawa Makoto)
- The Cobra: Mizuho Yoshida (吉田 瑞穂, Yoshida Mizuho)
- The Snake: Yumi Sunaoshi (砂押 裕美, Sunaoshi Yumi)
- The film was released theatrically on November 5, 2005, though it had several early screenings around Tokyo during the previous two months, beginning on October 23, at the Tokyo Film Festival. It was released on Region 2 DVD on April 21, 2006. American Anime distributor Media Blasters released the film subtitled-only on Region 1 DVD on April 3, 2007.
- The film was released in Hong Kong on May 25, 2006, available in both Japanese language with Cantonese subtitles and Cantonese dub.
- Due to the appearance of Takeshi in Kamen Rider Kabuto, it can be assumed that this movie and its sequel are in the same universe as the Kamen Rider Kabuto series. However, they have no connection in taking place in both Kamen Rider continuity and Toei tokusatsu multiverse, since these films are meant to take place in a new, alternate and different universe than its remade counterpart.
- This is, to date, the only Kamen Rider film that western fans can legally purchase.
- Kamen Rider The First and its sequel Kamen Rider The Next were the first two remake, reboot and reimagining Kamen Rider production.
- These movies were also the first two Kamen Rider productions take place in new, alternate and different universe overall.
- Like both of its 20th anniversary counterparts (Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue and Kamen Rider ZO), this film was labeled as a 35th anniversary event, but despite this, the franchise was actually in its 34th year in 2005. The real 35th anniversary was on April 3, 2006. However, as the movie premiered before April 3, 2006, it was a pre-anniversary event and after its release, it still technically counted as a 35th anniversary project.
- Despite being a 35th anniversary event, this movie's opening credit never stating the film is also a Kamen Rider 35th Anniversary work.
- Despite not possessing any score at Rotten Tomatoes, Kamen Rider The First was well received by Kamen Rider fans.
- Shocker Combatmen grunts at the conclusion of the end credits.
- Dedicated to Hideyo Amamoto, the actor who played Dr. Shinigami in the original series and Shocker Staff: Elderly Gentleman in the film, is not credited in this film.
- Official Kamen Rider The First website.
- Kamen Rider The First at Wikipedia
- Kamen Rider The First at Japanese Wikipedia
- Paul "Igadevil" Sullivan, Kamen Rider The First review.
- Theatrical Trailer at the Toei Movie Youtube Channel (Japanese)
- Kamen Rider The Next - the 2007 sequel of this film and the reboot film of Kamen Rider V3.
- Shin Kamen Rider - the 2023 reboot of the original Kamen Rider series.
- Hideyo Amamoto's appearance in the film is only through various pieces of footage recorded before his death in 2003, including several from the original Kamen Rider series.
- Kamen Rider The First (2005) at Rotten Tomatoes
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