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Hiroshi Fujioka to Suit Up as 1st Kamen Rider, 38 Years Later

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Kamen Rider 1's original actor to transform in March's Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai

Actor Hiroshi Fujioka will transform into Kamen Rider 1 — the original Kamen Rider — for the first time in 38 years in the Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai film this March. While Fujioka has voiced the character over the past four decades, he himself will assume the transformation pose as Kamen Rider 1 (aka Takeshi Hongo) for the first time since Zenin Shūgō! 7-nin no Kamen Rider!! (All Together! Seven Kamen Riders!!) aired back on January 3, 1976.

Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider War feat. Super Sentai will feature a total of 30 Riders, including 15 Showa-era (1926-1989) Riders led by Kamen Rider 1 and 15 Heisei-era (1989-current) Riders such as those from the ongoing Kamen Rider Gaim television series. The franchise debuted 43 years ago when Fujioka played Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1 in the first Kamen Rider series' premiere on April 3, 1971. The late manga pioneer Shotaro Ishinomori created or co-created Kamen Rider, Himitsu Sentai Go-Ranger (the first Super Sentai/Ranger series), Jinzou Ningen Kikaida, Cyborg 009, and dozens of other projects.

Principal photography on the new film began in December and ended in mid-January. Takayuki Shibasaki (various Heisei Kamen Rider series) is directing off a screenplay written by Shoji Yonemura (last year's Kamen Rider x Super Sentai x Uchū Keiji Super Hero Taisen Z).

The new film will open on March 29.

Thanks to ukiyaseed for the news tip

Source: Cinema Today


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