Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue
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Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue is a 1992 V-Cinema film in the Kamen Rider Series. Shin is the eleventh production in the franchise, adapting more of the bleak outlook of the manga, yet simultaneously heavily straying from the roots of the franchise. As a work made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise, the film targeted the now-adult fans of the original, taking the bare essence of the Rider character and his origin, placing it in a violent, realistic and modern setting and conveying the driving sorrow of the Kamen Rider character, who finds himself in the center of conspiracy and turned into a superhuman being against his will.

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Shin was released on DVD on April 25, 2008, by Bandai Visual. Toei’s subscription channel featured Shin during its special Kamen Rider 40th anniversary line up in July 2011. On April 5th, 2020, the uncensored version of the film debuted on the Toei Tokusatsu World channel on Youtube for viewing in countires other than Japan.

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Doctors Kazamatsuri and Onizuka are geneticists researching cures on diseases such as AIDS and cancer by performing experiments to strengthen the human body. The test subject is Shin Kazamatsuri , the motorcycle racer son of Doctor Kazamatsuri. Unknown to them, their operation is funded by a syndicate group, who plan to use this research to have the bodies of men strengthened for their own gain—they have already been experimenting in the field of cyborg soldiers, to a less-than-successful attempt. However, they did not count on Onizuka’s own secret ambitions; the mad Onizuka wanted to create a new species, by fusing a grasshopper’s DNA with the test subject’s, in order to start a new civilization and be their god. He has tested on himself, but seems to be having greater success with Shin.

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Meanwhile, a murderous creature is stalking the city, while Shin dreams of it. While he believes he is the one causing the murders, he eventually finds out Onizuka’s plan and discovers that it’s Onizuka who has been behind the killings. Onizuka has experimented on himself and altered his genes, making him a humanoid grasshopper; the telepathy of grasshoppers allowed him to communicate with Shin, resulting in his witnessing the murders.

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

The syndicate learns of Onizuka’s plans and have him institutionalized. As if the syndicate were not enough, a CIA agent tracks Shin and wants him eliminated, for he doesn’t know the true threat he could pose. The repulsed Shin digs to find out all he can about the experiment he foolishly volunteered to be a part of, which is now altering his body and putting him and his loved ones in danger.

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue

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