At Shibuya Toei, the Heisei Kamen Rider Movie Revival Screening Event was held on February 16, 2019. Attending the event were actor Koichi Sakamoto (坂本浩一監督), writer Riku Sanjo (三条陸), and producer Hideaki Tsukada (塚田英明).
The event screened the first place winners of various questionnaires, such as “movies I want to watch on-screen again” and “movies I want to support everyone.” The winner of the latter was the 2010 film Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate. The movie starred Renn Kiriyama (as Shotaro Hidari) and Masaki Suda (who played Philip), who join together to become Kamen Rider W.
Sakamoto, Sanjo, and Tsukada discussed their memories of the film. The producer was moved by Suda’s performance, especially since Kamen Rider W was his debut work.
Sakamoto admitted that watching the film again made him feel the same excitement. He also stated that Kamen Rider W was not only reaching its 10th anniversary, but it’s also the tenth anniversary since he returned to Japan after studying in the United States.
On February 17th, the second part of the event took place. At the event was Kento Honda (半田健人) who portrayed Takumi Inui/Kamen Rider Faiz and producer Shinichiro Shirakura (白倉伸一郎). During the talk show, Shirakura discussed some of the complaints he received while the show was on air, such as “Don’t make the bad guy the hero!”
The movie chosen for “movies I would want to watch again” was Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost. After the movie aired, fans cheered, stating the movie was still impressive, even after 16 years.
Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost was filmed at the same time as the tv series. The filming schedule was overcrowded and the cast became tired, sometimes working for 72 hours at the longest. With the increase of extreme scenes, Shirakura admitted it became tough, even though it was well-received with viewers. Many fans still wanted to watch Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost again on screen.
Check out a video from the event here: