Remember I posted up some Tokusatsu series Wild Seven? They made it into a movie now and I had the pleasure watching it on the plane when I was on my way to the conference in Santa Clara!
Wild Seven is basically about a special task force of ex-convicts that operates above the law. They make sure gangsters (yakuza) and terrorists get neutralized in time. Most of them are either murderers, arsonists and even one of them used to be a bosozoku leader. That last character obviously does not follow the original storyline at all as the original used to fight against “scum” like the bosozoku.
Obviously it is a remake, so it will never grasp that 70s style of the original but I must say I really had a great time watching it! Instead of blowing up a Crown S40 estate they blew up two Nissan Stagea WC34 wagons (as seen in the screenshot above) up in the first ten minutes. You can also expect a lot of “bippu” carnage as they are taking out a couple of the big bosses.
Haven’t found any footage of this series on Youtube so far, but the intro of this tokusatsu surely looks promising: the Toyopet Crown S40 estate featuring in the first long shot gets blown to smithereens after only 30 seconds!
The show ran for ten whole years onward after its inital release in September 1969. Now these guys are supposed to be the good guys and they are just blowing up stuff the whole time? Oh man, you got to love the 70s for that!
The fourth generation of the Toyota Tercel was even more dull in its looks than its predecessors, but apparently it was a very very very quick car: even this Kamen Rider lookalike can’t even match its speed!
On one end I’m glad that tokusatsu Seiun Kamen Machineman only ran for one season, on the other hand we now have to miss one of the most hilarious tokusatsu. The main character Ken Takase, a Keiichi Tsuchya lookalike, is able to transform into a machine (robot, car, airplane, you name it…) and saves the earth from Professor K. and his evil Tentacle Organization.. Enjoy 3 minutes of this great tokusatsu and its title song sung by Yuji Ohno: