Japandaman is unashamedly a fan of Tokusatsu action, the live action movies or TV shows where the actors dress up in costumes, much like Power Rangers. So it’s with much anticipation and excitement that I came across this new trailer. The trailer is showing off the new and upcoming Kamen Rider Wizard movie (deep breath), “Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku MOVIE Battle”.
The trailer is jam packed full of the type of action this series is known for and crazy, over-the-top action. The plot revolves some time warping storyline which sees the Riders from the Heisei era take up arms and assist the current Rider, Kamen Rider Gaim. The film kicks off with much gusto on December 14.
If you love Kamen Rider (like us!), then you’d be happy to hear that the series is bound for the PS3 in a musou style game called, Kamen Rider: Battride War.
It was hinted at earlier in the year but now Namco Bandai have mashed together a trailer with extended footage and released it onto the interwebs. In the clip which you can catch below, different generations of Riders can be seen jumping into the fray while in thew background, ‘Go Get ‘Em’, the latest Kamen Rider GIRLS’ single is playing.
The game will also be featuring a Battle Mode which will be featuring Riders ranging from Kuuga through to Wizard, all teaming up to take on the Kaijin Horde. They’ll be showing some of the sites made famous by the shows in an effort to try to reclaim lost memories. Decade‘s Masahiro Inoue will be one of the actors returning to the game as will a few of the other original actors.
The game will be launched in Japan on May 23rd for the pS3 with a regular edition, ¥7,480, and a Premium TV Sound edition which also have 30 different songs from the shows that have been added to the game, for ¥10,480.
Fans of tokusatsu movies better start watching out for the latest one to hit Japanese cinemas called, Travelers: Jigen Keisatsu (Dimension Police). The show has a sci-fi theme featuring two Japanese female leads who have previously played other tokusatsu roles. The film is a joint production between Japan and Taiwan and comes from director Koichi Sakamato who has the distinction of being one of the original founding members of the renowned stunt team, Alpha Stunts. The director has a strong pedigree recently directing episodes of Kamen Rider Wizard, Kamen Rider Fourze as well as Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
The lead roles are being filled by Ayumi Kinoshita (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger) as Yui and Nao Nagasawa (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger) as Ai who is known as a Dimension Police Officer. The history between them is that Yui was once Ai’s partner but has now joined up with a feared terrorist group known as “Doubt”. The film also features Kenji Ebisawa (Engine Sentai Go-onger), Kentaro Shimazu (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger), Kouhei Yamamoto (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger) and Yuuko Takayama (Kamen Rider Wizard).
The film debuts today in Japan and will only run for one week so if you’re in town, get along to it but if not, enjoy 2 mins and 15 seconds of it below. P.S. It looks amazing!
We will unashamedly say that we at Japandaman HQ are massive fans of the Kamen Rider franchise, in particular Kamen Rider Wizard. We love Haruto Sohma and his ongoing battles against the villainous Phantoms as he continues in his quest to save the Gates.
So we are beyond excited to hear of the news that a movie blending some of the most awesome franchises to come out of Japan has had a trailer released for it. The movie, Super Hero Taisen Z, will mix some of the biggest tokuatsu shows from Space Sheriff Gavan, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters and Kamen Rider Wizard.Tokusatsu is a term given “to any live-action film or television drama that usually features superheroes and makes considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as “special filming” in Japanese).” (Wikipedia)
The film launches across Japanese cinema on April 27 directed by Osamu Kaneda (Kamen Rider Fourze) with a screenplay penned by Shoji Yonemura (KR Kabuto, Smile! Precure). Production duties were being looked over by Shinichiro Shirakura.