Sometimes you can tell from the first frame of a movie that it's going to be awesome, and this is one of those. Just the opening has everything you need: it's just the first five Kamen Riders-- 1, 2, V3, Riderman, and X, if you were taking notes-- taking turns posing, doing sweet jumps on their bikes, and getting out of a small plane. Towards the end they do an X-shaped five-man handshake that you must see. Did I mention Ichiro Mizuki? I don't watch a lot of live-action superhero stuff, but when I do, this is how I like it: silly. I've tried to watch more recent Kamen Rider series on more than one occassion, but they're a little too mopey for me. God, that First movie!
Anyway, like the Great Mazinger movie I just talked about, (I'd like to thank /m/ real quick) this is a team-up movie for the kids. It just doesn't lie to you about what's going on. Five Riders most certainly fight against that son of a bitch King Dark and his evil organization G.O.D. in this half-hour movie. King Dark is a big ol' statue who's stuck in the perpetual-boredom pose you see here. The monster under wraps is his strongest henchman yet, Bat Franken: he's Frankenstein's monster, and a vampire bat, and he has a cannon on his back, and he wears a cape. This caliber of dude-- not to mention his henchmen, a pantheon of rubber-suited Greek gods-- needs quite a number of riders to beat.
It really doesn't get much more fun than Riders beating up dudes in monster suits. I especially love the genre-standard shots, clearly taken somewhere else in front of a screen, of guys flipping over the camera or flying back from the impact of a fierce Rider Kick. Speaking of Rider Kicks, at the end of this movie Rider 1 flings X up into the air, over the other Riders, as they each say one word of "X-- RIDER-- SUPER-- HIGH-- KICK!". Bat Franken is knocked onto a hill of defeated monsters, naturally, and the lot of them explode. That is what I am talking about.
There are also a couple of great moments with the kid who represents the viewer: he just wakes up in the middle of the night and, very serious, very collected, explains to his family that G.O.D. is up to something and he's got to call X-Rider right now. Now X-Rider isn't in at the moment, so the kid runs out the door to see Rider 1 standing in front of him. He knew something was up! This kid appears twice, and both times the Riders thank him and tell him what a great job he did. As if to erase any doubt as to who this film is for, two ads for TV Land magazine-- which covers your favorite kids' shows like Mazinger and Kamen Rider-- show up on screen after the credits, as the Riders' triumphant theme fades. Being a kid is sweet, ain't it?