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Toshiki Inoue (screenplay)
Shôtarô Ishinomori (comic)
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5 November 2005 (Japan) See more »
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A great reboot of the Kamen Rider franchise! See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Masaya Kikawada ... Hongou Takeshi / Masked Rider 1
Hassei Takano ... Ichi-monji Hayato / Masked Rider 2
Rena Komine ... Midori-kawa Asuka
Hiroshi Miyauchi ... Tôbei Tachibana
Hideyo Amamoto ... Dr. Shinigami (digital cast) (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Issa Hentona
Hirotarô Honda ... The Private Secretary
Renji Ishibashi ... The Member of the House of Representatives
Issa
Itsuji Itao ... Spider
Tôru Kazama
Toshiyuki Kitami
Ryôko Kobayashi ... Miyoko Harada
Shirô Namiki

Mayumi Sada
Kanji Tsuda ... Bat
Eiji Wentz ... Haruhiko Mitamura (as Eiji Uentsu)
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Directed by
Takao Nagaishi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Toshiki Inoue  screenplay
Shôtarô Ishinomori  comic

Produced by
Osamu Fukunaka .... supervising executive producer: Toei Advertising/Tôei Êjienshî
Tôru Ishii .... supervising executive producer: Toei Video/Tôei Bideo
Ken Kaneko .... planner: Toei Satellite TV/Tôei Eisei Hôsô
Kazuo Katô .... producer: Toei Video/Tôei Bideo
Kunihiko Kodama .... supervising executive producer: Toei Satellite TV/Tôei Eisei Hôsô
Chiharu Nakasone .... supervising executive producer: Toei/Tôei
Shinichirô Shirakura .... producer: Toei/Tôei
Takeyuki Suzuki .... executive producer: Toei/Tôei
Naomi Takebe .... producer: Toei/Tôei
Kôichi Yada .... producer: Toei Advertising/Tôei Êjienshî
 
Original Music by
Gorô Yasukawa 
 
Cinematography by
Kazunari Tanaka 
 
Film Editing by
Hiroshi Sunaga 
 
Production Design by
Hiroshi Wada 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masayuki Taniguchi .... assistant director (as Masayuki Taniguchi)
 
Visual Effects by
Shingo Kobayashi .... visual effects supervisor: Studio Galapagos/Sutajio Garapagosu
 
Stunts
Yoshinao Aonuma .... stunts
Fumihito Minamitsuji .... stunts
Akira Ohashi .... stunt double: Spider (as Akira Ôhashi)
Makoto Yokoyama .... action director: AAC Stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Seiichirô Mieno .... lighting director
 
Animation Department
Yutaka Izubuchi .... character designer: refinement
 
Music Department
Issa Hentona .... composer: theme song "Bright! our Future" (as Da Pump)
Shinobu Miyara .... composer: theme song "Bright! our Future" (as Da Pump)
Ken Okumoto .... composer: theme song "Bright! our Future" (as Da Pump)
Yukinari Tamaki .... composer: theme song "Bright! our Future" (as Da Pump)
 

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Also Known As:
"Kamen Raidâ: The First" - Japan (original title)
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Followed by Masked Rider: The Next (2007)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A great reboot of the Kamen Rider franchise!, 28 July 2010
Author: toyguy from Toronto, Canada

First of all, the negative review(s) you might read here definitely do not reflect the opinion of all die-hard fans of the classic Kamen Rider series. You can see that their review 'usefulness rating' are very low anyway, meaning most people don't agree with their baseless reasons for bashing something new.

I watched the original Kamen Rider series as a kid back in the 70s, and it was really good entertainment for the time. Rewatching these classics about 30 yrs later, I feel the nostalgia, but understandably not too impressed with the old fashion FX and fight choreography. So, pulling this franchise into the 21st century is a very good idea to me. I just couldn't get into the other "Rider" series because the story isn't about Hongo. And the Riders only look derivative of the original and therefore not as good.

It really brought back fond memories when the classic title theme was played at the beginning of The First. I totally love the introduction of Kamen Rider 1. Since the character is introduced during the night, the light-up eyes effect was an excellent idea! The use of CG effects in the movie was well...very effective. Some good examples include: when Kamen Rider 1 jumped off the building landing on the ground with all the broken window glass around him. Also when Kamen Rider 1 and 2 are fighting each other, the concrete busting punches and kicks are really powerful looking. These are not just eye candy FX but used very effectively to show the invincibility of these super-human characters.

As for the villains, the intricate wire-work was very well done. I especially liked the battle with 'The Spider' where high-flying moves are done in conjunction with speeding motorcycles and among trees. The original series (if watched today) lacked some of these FX scenes to thoroughly convince me that Kamen Riders have any real special powers. Well, other than the big kick that ends the show every time. But for a youngster in the 70s, that was enough to keep me role-playing "Kamen Rider" endlessly with my friends during recess. One other cool idea in this new franchise: we can see that the "grasshopper" heads of the Riders after transforming is really just a helmet. They can take it off to reveal their real human faces. This allows the actors a much greater range of emotions while they are Riders. It also confirms for me that the Rider transformation is just changing into the suit, not changing into another being like Ultraman. For Kamen Rider, I rather like the idea that they are still human inside.

Overall if you were a fan of the original, I think The First is a must see, but still good entertainment if you just happen to like superheroes and anime. I hope that I'm not offending any fans of the other 'Rider' series when I say that they're just not the same as Kamen Rider. But "The First" successfully captures that magic from the past, and relaunch it with modern film production values. 9/10

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