Release Date: April 1st, 2011 (Japan)
Directed by: Osamu Kaneda
Written by: Shōji Yonemura
Music by: Kōtarō Nakagawa
Cast: Shu Watanabe, Dori Sakurada, Ryosuke Miura, Riho Takada, Rina Akiyama, Kenjirō Ishimaru
Toei Co. Ltd., 93 Minutes
OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let’s Go Kamen Riders is not just an insane title, it is an insane movie. And I mean that in the best possible way.
This film only works if you are a fan of tokusatsu or at least are familiar with the style. This is a fan service movie. The whole point of it is to be over the top and as balls to the wall as possible. It was also made to feature every Kamen Rider ever, as well as many of their sidekicks, allies and villains. It also features other major heroes from other shows put out by Toei.
All of this is crammed into a 93 minute theatrical feature. There is just so much happening and trying to make sense out of most of it is somewhat futile. But this is Kamen Rider and this was made to celebrate its 40th anniversary; so all chips were in!
There is a semi-coherent story but it relies on you knowing all the characters well enough, so that they don’t have to properly develop them. While I am familiar with multiple Kamen Rider characters, I wasn’t familiar with OOO and Den-O, the primary two Riders in this film. Although, it wasn’t too hard to figure things out once the movie got going.
Let’s Go Kamen Riders is mostly non-stop action that only stops to build the narrative a bit. It isn’t supposed to be a great film, by any means. It is just supposed to be the ultimate Kamen Rider team-up movie of all-time. These tokusatsu team-up films are pretty common among all the top franchises but with each new one, the ante must be upped. In the case of this feature, the ante was upped so high, that I don’t know if it could ever be surpassed.
The climax of the film was pretty long but it was awesome. And yes, I mean “awesome” in that it actually inspired awe.
The finale started with three Kamen Riders about to be publicly executed. Then, one-by-one, every Kamen Rider in history entered the scene, ready to combat the combined evil forces. The more Kamen Riders joined, the bigger and more intense the battle became. Then it just kept escalating. Mega fight in the city, mega fight in the quarry, mega fight against a giant, mega fight against a massive god, it just never stopped. Well, it did eventually but the final attack damn near breaks the entire universe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let’s Go Kamen Riders. It was not a great movie but it was incredibly entertaining and exciting to a fan of the series. I audibly said to myself, “Holy fuck” about ten times in the last twenty minutes. I never audibly say anything during a movie.