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Kikaidâ Reboot

Kikaidâ Reboot (2014) Movie Poster
Japan  •    •  110m  •    •  Directed by: Ten Shimoyama.  •  Starring: Jingi Irie, Kazushige Nagashima, Aimi Satsukawa, Yûto Ikeda, Ryûji Harada, Shingo Tsurumi, Maryjun Takahashi, Daisuke Ban, Renji Ishibashi, Hirotarô Honda..
    The "Ark Project" uses robots to solve problems that the Japanese government cannot solve with human power alone. When robot engineering expert Nobuhiko Kōmyōji dies, his rivals steal his plans and start causing chaos until the conscious robot Kikaider appears to stop them.


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Image from: Kikaidâ Reboot (2014)
Image from: Kikaidâ Reboot (2014)
Image from: Kikaidâ Reboot (2014)
Image from: Kikaidâ Reboot (2014)
Image from: Kikaidâ Reboot (2014)
First off, this movie may not be what you expect. This is a not a campy film with tons of "Gillu" guys fighting and monsters. As you have seen in the trailer, Kikaida is modernized and is ferocious-looking. Yes, Hakaida is back and is just as menacing. Your favorite characters are here but they are very different characters. Gone is the slap-stick comedy and instead we are treated to a visualization of Kikaida that is actually pretty deep. The "conscience circuit" is more important than ever and affects Kikaida in ways you might not expect.

I've seen this movie 3 times. The first time as a fan waiting for about 30-40 years for this. "That fan" was initially upset about this remake. Gone were all of the familiar clichés and actions that we fans expected to see. In fact, many things I expected to see were totally absent. In that respect, the film failed.

The second time I promised to view this film as a completely new film and I started to see that this film was made as a modernization and crafted from someone that actually did respect Kikaida, but wanted to remake Kikaida in a way that really showed what was his most unusual and powerful "feature" - his conscience circuit. After the 2nd showing I was still confused as to why things happened the way they did but I did feel better about the film as a whole.

The third time, got me to the point where more things in the film made more sense and I started to see what this film was all about. A remaking of a very popular superhero (in Hawaii). Made with as much care as you can within limits of the budget and a real film score recorded with world class musicians.

Part of me wishes this film wasn't like Batman and Bane or Terminator 2 or like most of the newer superhero plots. But I still support this film and hope they make another.

Review by online-30 from the Internet Movie Database.