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Masked Rider is up against the evil company that turned him into a half-man half-insect killing machine. It’s like an extended big-budget Power Rangers episode with very gory fight scenes!


Original Title : SHIN KAMEN RIDER
: Hideaki Anno
Screenplay : Hideaki Anno
Cast : Sosuke Ikematsu, Minami Hamabe, Tasuku Emoto, Yutaka Takenouchi, Takumi Saitoh & Mirai Moriyama
DOP : Osamu Ichikawa
Producer : Muneyuki Kii & Daiju Koide
Production : Toei Company, LTD
Distribution : Toei Company, LTD
World Sales : Toei Company, LTD

Year : 2023
Country :
Audio : Japanese
Subtitles : EN / FR / NL
Running time : 121'

Genre(s) : , ,
Audience : 16+
Premiere : Belgian
Competition(s) :

Extra Info

Okay, so for those of you that haven’t seen the original Japanese TV series from the 70’s nor any of its countless manga adaptions, let’s start with the basics. There’s this dude, Takeshi Hongo, who just loves riding his motorcycle all day, but an evil organization called SHOCKER kidnaps him and turns him into a brainwashed augmented half-man half-grasshopper killing machine called Grasshopper-Aug. Their goal? World domination of course! It’s run by an Artificial Intelligence with a pretty skewed view on happiness, believing all humanity would reach a state of nirvana when ruled by their augmented superiors. But one of its agents, Ruriko, sets Grasshopper-Aug free and runs away with him… on his motorcycle of course! Behold: the Masked Rider is born! Together they will fight the company and the hordes of augmented insectoids that are sent out to recapture them: Spider-Aug, Scorpion-Aug, Wasp-Aug, you get the idea. Meanest of all? Butterfly-Aug, incidentally Ruriko’s brother, who casts the souls of his victims to an infernal dimension where their prana energy fuels his ever-growing strength. Will Masked Rider be able to defeat him and save all of humanity?

Yes, it’s silly stuff, a bit like an extended big-budget Power Rangers episode with added Buddhist mysticism, but director Hideaki Anno (SHIN GODZILLA, the EVANGELION anime series and films) is visibly having a ball with the material. The costumes, camera techniques (zooms!) and sound design are a loving throwback to the 70’s, with surprisingly gory fight scenes! For adult kids only.