New version of the classic tokusatsu will arrive via streaming in more than 200 countries.
This June 12th (while it was still the 11th here), the Kamen Rider Black Sun project won its first teaser video, where we can see actor Hidetoshi Nishijima walking in the skin of Kotaro Minami. There is also a small glimpse of the sawed-off fists sending out the long-awaited cry of “henshin!”.
Kamen Rider Black Sun: Prime Video
With the release of the video, the production’s official website also confirmed that the Amazon Prime Video platform was chosen for exclusive worldwide distribution, reaching more than 200 countries, of course. It’s still unclear whether the project will be a movie or a series, but the announcement for streaming (rather than theaters), plus a tentative “episode” split seen on the website, are indicative of a serial airing.
Two new posters, one featuring Kotaro Minami and the other featuring Nobuhiko (played by Tomoya Nakamura), Kamen Rider Shadow Moon’s alter ego, were also released with the streaming logo.
Kamen Rider Black Sun is directed by Kazuya Shiraishi (Kyoaku, The Blood of Wolves), script by Izumi Takahashi (Tokyo Revengers), visual concept creation by Shinji Higuchi (Evangelion, Shin Ultraman) and special effects direction by Kiyotaka Taguchi (Ultraman). Orb, Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga).
The new announcement also revealed that the project’s music will be produced by producer Kenta Matsukuma, known for his many works in Japanese pop, including the idol group BiSH. He already has a history of partnerships with director Shiraishi, as in the film Lost Paradise in Tokyo (2009).
He commented (free translation): “The only ‘Rider’ I saw at the time was the ‘Kamen Rider Black’. I was excited to see the news that a reboot would be produced by director Shiraishi. He contacted me and I was impressed. It’s the best work in Kamen Rider’s 50 years and the deep worldview of the cast and crew, including director Shiraishi, are united.”
Another name released is the veteran art director Tsutomu Imamura, who has extensive experience in Japan in cinema, theater and commercials, including the film The Legend of Kamui (2009), adaptation of the classic manga. He also has a specific connection to the franchise, according to his comment:
“Fifty years ago, I was at Toei [Company] when ‘Kamen Rider’ was born. It was in the midst of a complicated labor management confrontation. When I look back on various things, I feel remembered. The film is realism. I’ve been working like this for a long time. Well, ‘The Legend of the Eight Samurai’ (1983) was a world of creation. The odds and hearts since then have been staggering. The birth of the Black Sun!! It was extremely difficult to deliver. Evil perishes, and good perishes. People live in chaos. I would like to reach out to the souls of those who oppose him.”
Also added are the names of Kakusei Fujiwara (Alice in Borderland) in modeling and Daisuke Iga (Shin Ultraman) as stylist.
Initially scheduled to premiere in the first half, the reboot of the Kamen Rider Black series (from 1987) is scheduled to premiere in the Japanese fall (between September and December) of this year.
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Source: official website