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Masked Rider - The First

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Ryoko Kobayashi
  • Directors: Takao Nagaishi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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
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  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU8H74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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By Marc on January 23, 2012
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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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I liked this update of the classic 1971 tokusatsu series Masked Rider ,although I thought that it could have had more fight scenes. At least another half hour and the director of the movie, could have had the Shocker foot soldiers. First attack Masked Riders 1 and 2, with machine guns and have our 2 heroes. Either dodge the bullets or have them bounce off of their armor. Besides the way that their armor looks , it looks like it's bulletproof anyway right? If I was creating cyborg soldiers, for my own secret organization. They wouldn't just have to be strong, fast, and, agile. They would also have to have bulletproof, yet lightweight armor to protect themselves. As for the soundtrack Bright our Future , that song was okay . But it would have been much better, if they have had Animetal's version. Of the Masked Rider theme playing, especially during the fight scenes. And of course more special effects especially when either, Masked Rider 1 or 2 does their legendary finishing move the Rider Kick. It would have been cool if they would had some kind of blazing energy. Surrounding whatever foot that they're, going to do the Rider Kick. With and also have them shout out Rider Kick , when they perform that move. Also I'm still wondering when Tokyo Shock is going to release Masked Rider the Next here in America, cause they've already should have released it here !!!!!!
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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 and Generation Kikiada's DVD release of V3, there is no way to obtain one of Japan's greatest superhero franchises here. (unless you do it the sort-of-illegal way by torrenting or streaming fansubs. Which in most cases is your ONLY option aside from horribly subbed Hong Kong releases from shady dealers).

I'm glad that the movie that re-imagined the origin of the original Kamen Rider did get a release as it tells the bare bones of what Kamen Rider is. Dude with kung fu and superpowers activated by a belt and rides a motorcycle, kicks the butt of terrorists/aliens monsters/cyborgs who want to conquer/destroy the Earth.

The message the franchise has had throughout the course of its history is having the courage to face against impossible odds and that even the unlikeliest of people can make a difference for the greater good.

I only wish another company would buy the distribution rights so we USA KR fans could get more releases. I really want Kamen Rider Double on DVD or Blu-ray on my shelf with official English subs...And Kuuga..and Agito...and...well you get the idea.
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