Set Price $99.95
Partial Price $8.00 / DVD
Number of DVDs 16 DVDs
Number of Episodes 98 Episodes
Completed Series Completed
Language Japanese
Subtitle -
Menu Function Japanese Interactive
Source Digitally Remastered

Original Run: April 3, 1971 to February 10, 1973

"RIDER.... HENSHIN !!! "

Masked Rider, aka Takeshi Hongo, is an altered human. He was altered by Shocker, planning an evil world conquest at the secret society. Because Masked Rider is a human of freedom, he will fight against Shocker. (in episodes 14-52, the name Takeshi Hongo was replaced by Hayato Ichimonji). The story took place in a world plagued by Shocker, a mysterious terrorist organization.

To assist its plan in world domination, Shocker recruited its agents through kidnapping, turning them into mutant cyborgs and, ultimately, brainwashing them. However, one of the victims was rescued just before the final step, and his name was Takeshi Hongo (Hongo Takeshi). With his sanity and moral conscience remaining intact, Hongo assumed the identity of the grasshopper-looking altered-human (kaizo ningen) superhero Kamen Rider and battled Shocker with his newly acquired powers.

During the filming of episode 10, Hiroshi Fujioka (Fujioka Hiroshi), the actor playing Hongo, injured his left leg after his motorcycle accidentally slammed into a telephone pole at a speed of over 50 miles per hour. Up to this point, Fujioka had performed his own stunts on the show. To keep the series going, a second Kamen Rider was introduced in episode 14 to reprise Hongo's role as Japan's champion.

Hayato Ichimonji (Ichimonji Hayato), better known as Kamen Rider 2 and played by Takeshi Sasaki (Sasaki Takeshi), did a short sequence of arm-waving motions and uttered "Henshin!" (literally "transform") whenever he wanted to switch from his human guise to the Rider form. This stylish pose, which was not demonstrated by Kamen Rider 1, was immensely popular among the young audience and helped turn the show into an immediate sensation.

Ratings were further boosted when Fujioka returned to the stage in episode 40, now known as Kamen Rider 1 and equipped with another henshin pose. The show spanned 2 years and ended in episode 98 with the Double Riders defeating Shocker and its reincarnation Gel-Shocker.

Taken from Wikipedia - Free Encyclopedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider


- Digitally Restored Visual and Audio (Digitally Remastered) DVD
- Interactive Menu Split Chapters (OP, PART A, PART B, ED, NEXT EPS)
- Full screen Presentation, NTSC, Aspect Ratio 4 : 3
- Dolby Digital Stereo: Japanese Track
- All / Free / No Regional Coding

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