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Masked Rider - The First (2005)

Ryoko Kobayashi , Takao Nagaishi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryoko Kobayashi
  • Directors: Takao Nagaishi
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU8H74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Takeshi Hongo, a man of extraordinarily keen intellect, has his promising future snuffed out by an evil secret society known as Shocker. They create experimental cyborgs in an attempt to take over the world. Eventually, Hongo is turned into a cyborg — Masked Rider 1 — but soon regains his self-awareness. Realizing that he is now controlled by evil, Hongo escapes. Shocker views Hongo as a traitor and dispatches a new, nearly identical cyborg — Masked Rider 2 — to destroy him. But they're too evenly matched and their duel ends in a draw. Growing impatient, Shocker sends two new cyborgs — Snake and Cobra — to kill them both. KAMEN RIDER THE FIRST is a new adaptation of the popular original manga created by Shotaro Ishinomori.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars actually about this release for a change August 23, 2007
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I'll describe the product in the order I saw it. Firstly, the title on the actual DVD is "Masked Rider the First", not "Kamen Rider the First" as shown/as it should have been.

Upon getting it, I was disappointed, but not surprised, to find the supposed 2-disc set was, in fact, one DVD.

The special features are surprisingly well-put together, featuring the trailers (without subtitles), trailers for other projects from years back that the company that released this DVD has apparently acquired (as is frequently done with import releases), and, shockingly, a very in depth and detailed behind the scenes feature that I really enjoyed and that was actually subtitled.

The film itself has an acceptable subbing job, and I was pleased to find that there was no poor dubbing to suffer through, I suppose they finally ran out of monotoned voices to lazily read out lines.

Picture quality is a bit off, but that might be due to transfer stuff (though I don't know why, Japan uses NTSC too), subtitles are clear and easy to read, and the sound quality is excellent

Highly recommended for the Kamen Rider fan or even just someone who has been looking for a good piece of tokusatsu to show to a friend in the hopes of getting them interested too. This flick also makes a surprisingly good date movie, it has action and romance, some slow bits where you can easily get away with a bit of making out, as well as some unintentionally funny bits

NOT for kids though, there is totally a naked dude in part of this film, parents'll want to take a look at this before showing it to the kids. Also, parents'll want to figure out if their kid is really ready to read and watch a film at the same time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The movie that reinventecd the classic riders. August 31, 2008
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This movie takes a look at the first two riders that started it all Rider 1 and 2. Both were created by a group called Shocker who to start their destruction of mankind by a soldier to lead their army's, but they turn on Shocker and are considered traitors. Fans of the original riders will love this one. There is also a cameo the man who played Masked Rider V3 in the Early Rider movies and television series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Henshin! January 23, 2012
By Marc
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Having never seen any of the Japanese Kamen Rider shows, this was a good buy. I first became aware of Kamen Rider via Saban's Masked Rider, though I was not aware at the time that it was based on anything. ( I was fifteen at the time and had no real clue about live action imports of anything from Japan beyond the Godzilla film series)

However I later learned of the Japanese Kamen Rider concept when I saw that Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (which still has yet to have a DVD release, sadly), listed in its opening credits that the show was based on a show called Kamen Rider created by a man named Shotaro Ishinomori. Since I liked Dragon Knight I recently began researching the concept on wikipedia and TVTropes and a few fan sites. (This research has led me to create my own novel series inspired by the concept) I learned of Masked Rider The First via Wikipedia, and while I was leery of the name, expecting it to somehow be related to Saban's adaptation, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

From all I have learned, The First is an attempt at a condensed retelling of a 1971 show by the name Kamen Rider (literally translated, it becomes Masked Rider, as Kamen is the word for Mask and Masked in Japan), which revolves around a man named Takeshi Hongo, who is abducted by a terrorist organization called Shocker (which is apparently actually an acronym for Sacred Hegemony Of Cycle Kindred Evolutional Realm. Yeah, I don't get it either.) and transformed into a super powerful cyborg initially called Hopper since his armored mask is designed to look like a grasshopper, and brainwashed into becoming a willing servant of Shocker. He breaks free of his mind control and begins to oppose Shocker, using the powers they themselves gave him.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Good-Looking But Empty Remake... June 9, 2008
By Jolar70
Like Japan's Sentai Ranger shows, Kamen (Masked) Rider has been living on in seemingly endless iterations since 1971. This film is supposed to be a retelling of the first series, or at least the origins of the characters who inhabited that show. The evil shadow-army Shocker, and the two rogue cyborgs they created who turn against them and become heroes and protectors of Japan. Like many modern retellings, both Western and Eastern, the designs are beautiful, especially the subtle and respectful updating of the Rider costumes, and even the monsters they fight, which were also classic combatants from the original show. Also respectful was the lack of CGI effects, which are appearing in increasing amounts in the more recent Rider TV shows like "Kamen Rider Kiva". In the early years, Kamen Rider was mostly a martial arts cyborg hero with a super-motorcycle and, to its credit, this movie honors the simple fun in that.

What didn't work for me was the bland cast of pretty boys and girls (actually the boys are prettier) who seem to be pantomiming anime rather than acting as real humans. The original lead actor from the 70's, Hiroshi Fujioka, was certainly not naturalistic in his approach to the role of Takeshi Hongo either, but his dynamic presence was like watching a caged wild fire on screen. He was also very much an adult, as was his popular replacement, the always charismatic Hiroshi Miyauchi in the next series, Kamen Rider V3 from 1973. Speaking of Miyauchi, he has a tiny token cameo in this but it's so out of touch with the rest of the film that it just feels tacked on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
Revised version of the kamen rider series. interesting.
Published 2 months ago by Flatfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Henshin!
Im a big fan of Kamen Rider, and I have been wanting to see this for a while now but the wait was over and I LOVED it!
Published 4 months ago by Caleb Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost, There
I must confess, this is my first time seeing anything related to Masked Rider. The exception being the Saban version. If you never saw it as a child you missed nothing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Justin Jewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Re-telling Of The Oiginal
I'm a big fan of the Kamen Rider series and I had to get this for my Kamen Rider collection
Published 8 months ago by Ultraman52
5.0 out of 5 stars The Origin Retold and a fans lament
I love Kamen Rider, but sadly not much of this 42 year old franchise has made it to the US.

Aside from the Ryuki's Dragon Knight and the abysmal Masked Rider adaptations... Read more
Published 10 months ago by KEVIN L. SMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars RIDER KICK!!!!!!!
I liked this update of the classic 1971 tokusatsu series Masked Rider ,although I thought that it could have had more fight scenes. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Yattaman X-79
3.0 out of 5 stars The Subtitles Sucked.
Improper translation, poor grammar, and in your face bold letters really made this hard to watch.
I really love this series from the bottom of my heart, Kamen Rider rules, but... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Cameron Wodskow
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
if you like toku series this is one you must try -its got great action and the story is a great take on the classic
Published 21 months ago by Aaron Bird
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Sorry everybody I really really wanted to like this but it just didn't work for me. I am a fan of the original Kamen Rider series and this seemed to be missing the fun of it. Read more
Published on May 24, 2008 by timfool
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cheezy fun!
While the original tokusatsu show from the early 70's is certainly better, this remake film is the closest thing to Kamen Rider Ichigo that's officially available on dvd in Region... Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by Jeanne E. Loewenstein
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