Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost

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Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost
Japanese 劇場版 仮面ライダー555 パラダイス・ロスト
Hepburn Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Faizu: Paradaisu Rosuto
Directed by Ryuta Tasaki
Produced by
Written by Toshiki Inoue
Based on Kamen Rider 555 
by Toshiki Inoue
Starring
Music by Hayato Matsuo
Cinematography Fumio Matsumura
Edited by Naoki Osada
Production
  company
Toei
Distributed by Toei Co. Ltd
Release date(s)
  • August 16, 2003 (2003-08-16)
Running time 81 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Kamen Rider 555 The Movie: Paradise Lost (劇場版 仮面ライダー555 パラダイス・ロスト Gekijōban Kamen Raidā Faizu: Paradaisu Rosuto?), was released during the run of the series, as a double feature alongside Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger: Abare Summer is Freezing! on August 16, 2003. The catchphrases for the movie are "" (戦闘は最高潮へ。帝王のベルトをめぐる救世主伝説。 Sentō wa Saikōchō e. Teiō no Beruto o Meguru Kyūseishu Densetsu.?) and "" (真・救世主伝説。ライダー部隊出現。いよいよ聖戦開始。 Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu. Raidā Butai Shutsugen. Iyoiyo Seisen Kaishi.?).

Plot[edit]

Paradise Lost was after event of the TV series, in which Smart Brain and the Orphnochs have won the war. In the near Future, Smart Brain has accomplished its goal of world domination — with 90% of Earth's population being Orphnochs while the human race is diminishing to near-extinction. Takumi Inui - a.k.a. Kamen Rider Faiz - was regarded as mankind's savior until he was presumed killed during an attack by Smart Brain's Riotroopers. Since then, his friend Mari Sonoda has formed a human resistance group that have staged attacks on Smart Brain's headquarters in an attempt to steal the top-secret "Emperor Belts," but to no avail. The Orphnochs Yuji Kiba, Naoya Kaido and Yuka Osada wish to see both Orphnochs and humans co-exist in peace, but they are not taken kindly by the humans while Smart Brain chief Kyoji Murakami (who is now reduced to a head in a water tank) reminds them that humans no longer have a place on Earth. Murakami then discloses the existence of the Emperor Belts by introducing the Orphnoch Leo, who changes into the powerful Kamen Rider Psyga.

Meanwhile, in a human refugee camp known as "Paradise," Takumi has been living a different life as a cobbler named Takeshi and shares a home with a girl named Mina. When Yuji, Naoya and Yuka approach the human resistance and notify them of Psyga's power, Paradise is suddenly invaded by Riotroopers. During the attack, Masato Kusaka/Kamen Rider Kaixa battles Kamen Rider Psyga, but is quickly defeated and killed. Psyga attempts to take the Kaixa Belt, but he is warded off by the three Orphnochs allied with the humans. That night, Takeshi and Mari meet at a masquerade ball, but when Riotroopers ambush the party, Takeshi regains his memories as Takumi and once again becomes Faiz - who is reunited with Auto Vajin while dispatching the attackers. Takumi, however, is not pleased that Mari had spread rumors of him being mankind's savior while he was away. Furthermore, members of the human resistance suspect he is an Orphnoch himself due to his ability to become Faiz. Mina reveals to Takumi that years ago, her father found him badly wounded from the previous Riotrooper attack and implanted false memories in him. Shortly after giving Takumi back his Faiz Blaster, Mina is fatally shot by resistance member Mizuhara - who steals the Faiz Belt. Yuji kills Mizuhara in self-defense and recovers the Faiz belt before handing it back to Takumi, but the resistance exile Yuji, Naoya and Yuka from the group until they prove themselves they can steal the Emperor Belts.

The next day, the three Orphnochs enter Smart Brain headquarters to fulfill their mission — only for Murakami to unleash the gargantuan Elasmotherium Orphenoch on them. Yuka is gored to death and Naoya is eaten alive by the Elasmotherium Orphnoch while Smart Lady tricks Yuji into thinking Mari betrayed them. Meanwhile, Smart Brain stages another attack on Paradise. Using a special serum devised by Professor Nomura, Keitaro Kikuchi manages to change into Kaixa and save Mari from an Orphnoch, but the Kaixa belt quickly dissolves into dust as a side-effect. In the ensuing chaos, Psyga kidnaps Mari; this causes dissension among the ranks of the resistance while Takumi races to Tokyo to rescue Mari. At Smart Brain Super Arena, Mari is to be fed to the Elasmotherium Orphnoch in front of millions watching the live execution, but Takumi interrupts the event, changing into Faiz and battling the behemoth. Auto Vajin is destroyed during the fight and Faiz is further outnumbered when Psyga interferes. As the Elasmotherium Orphnoch is caged to prevent it from destroying the stadium, Faiz slices Psyga in half with the Faiz Edge. Yuji suddenly appears in the arena, wearing the second Emperor Belt and changing into Kamen Rider Orga. Orga de-powers Faiz, but Takumi reveals his true form as the Wolf Orphnoch, to everyone's surprise. Yuji is forced to change into Horse Orphnoch to battle Takumi before both combatants change back into their Kamen Rider modes while Mari is captured again to be fed to the Elasmotherium Orphnoch. Faiz changes into Blaster Form to defeat Orga. When Mari is about to be eaten, Orga sacrifices himself to save her while Faiz uses his Faiz Blaster to destroy the monster. A dying Yuji makes Takumi promise to fulfill his dream of peace between the humans and Orphnochs, while Smart Lady has Murakami's head crushed under executive orders. As the crowd stares at Takumi and Mari in silence, the pair walk out of the arena with Takumi telling Mari they will go anywhere until they find a place to live.

Production[edit]

Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost had scenes filmed at Ajinomoto Stadium. On the ending credits, a large "THANK YOU!" sign ("SEE YOU AGAIN!" in the Director's Cut) is made out of the names of the crowd members in the stadium for the final battle scene.

Movie-exclusive Kamen Riders[edit]

Kamen Rider Psyga[edit]

Leo (レオ Reo?) is given the Psyga Gear by the Smart Brain corporation, allowing him to transform into Kamen Rider Psyga (仮面ライダーサイガ Kamen Raidā Saiga?) after inputting the code 315 into the Psyga Phone and then placing the Psyga Phone into the Psyga Driver belt. As Psyga, he is under the personal supervision of the Rose Ophnoch Kyoji Murakami. Created alongside the Orga Gear, the Psyga Gear is regarded as a "perfect" gear, and therefore it can only be worn by Orphnochs. It is not stated in the film which Orphnoch Leo is; in the S.I.C Hero Saga prequel story Lost World, he is the first Lion Orphnoch (a different character is the second Lion Orphnoch in the film). Psyga appears to be as fast and strong as the existing Gears, nearly matching Kamen Rider Faiz Axel Form for speed and exceeded Kaixa for strength. Because the weapons appear once the armor is formed and are created based on trial data from the previous gears, it possesses much greater functionality and ability than the previous Riders. Psyga also has the Flying Attacker jetpack that he uses to travel with. It also acts as one of Psyga's weapons, transforming into a "Blaster Rifle Mode" in which the engines turn into either rapid fire ray guns or discharge a single blast of energy. Psyga is also armed with the Psyga Tonfa Edges, which are used in his "Tonfa Edge EX" Exceed Charge attack. Despite his more advanced Rider gear, the more experienced Faiz hits the Sparkle Cut through the Gear itself and into Leo's stomach, destroying the Gear and killing Leo, reducing him to dust.

Kamen Rider Orga[edit]

In the events of the film, Yuji Kiba is brainwashed by the Smart Brain corporation and is chosen to be the user of the Orga Gear, allowing him to transform into Kamen Rider Orga (仮面ライダーオーガ Kamen Raidā Ōga?) by inputting the code 000 into the Orga Phone, and then placing it into the Orga Driver belt. The Orga gear was recorded as the fifth Rider Gear created by Smart Brain, after the Faiz and Kaixa Gears were stolen by the humans and the Riotrooper gear had undergone mass-production. Created alongside the Psyga Gear, the Orga Gear is regarded as a "perfect" gear, and therefore it can only be worn by Orphnochs. Kamen Rider Orga has a more ornate appearance than any of the previous Gears, the Rider form having robes made of Soul Foam for a majestic appearance. Orga is armed with the Orga Stlanzer sword which he uses in the Orga Slash Extreme Charge. He is sent to fight Kamen Rider Faiz after Psyga is defeated. Faiz is finally able to defeat Kamen Rider Orga with Blaster Forms Rider Kick, but does not kill him. Instead, Orga dies while trying to hold off the Elasmotherium Orphnoch so Faiz can destroy it.

Cast[edit]

  • Takumi Inui (乾 巧 Inui Takumi?): Kento Handa (半田 健人 Handa Kento?)
  • Mari Sonoda (園田 真理 Sonoda Mari?): Yuria Haga (芳賀 優里亜 Haga Yuria?)
  • Keitaro Kikuchi (菊池 啓太郎 Kikuchi Keitarō?): Ken Mizorogi (溝呂木 賢 Mizorogi Ken?)
  • Masato Kusaka (草加 雅人 Kusaka Masato?): Kohei Murakami (村上 幸平 Murakami Kōhei?)
  • Yuji Kiba (木場 勇治 Kiba Yūji?): Masayuki Izumi (泉 政行 Izumi Masayuki?)
  • Yuka Osada (長田 結花 Osada Yuka?): Yoshika Kato (加藤 美佳 Katō Yoshika?)
  • Naoya Kaido (海堂 直也 Kaidō Naoya?): Mitsuru Karahashi (唐橋 充 Karahashi Mitsuru?)
  • Kyoji Murakami (村上 峡児 Murakami Kyōji?): Katsuyuki Murai (村井 克行 Murai Katsuyuki?)
  • Smart Lady (スマートレディ Sumāto Redi?): Hitomi Kurihara (栗原 瞳 Kurihara Hitomi?)
  • Mina (ミナ?): Mei Kurokawa (黒川 芽以 Kurokawa Mei?)
  • Mina (Childhood) (ミナ(幼少期) Mina (Yōshōki)?): Mirai Shida (志田 未来 Shida Mirai?)
  • Mizuhara (水原?): Mokomichi Hayami (速水 もこみち Hayami Mokomichi?)
  • Nomura (野村?): Hiroo Otaka (大高 洋夫 Ōtaka Hiroo?)
  • Leo (レオ Reo?): Peter Ho (ピーター・ホー Pītā Hō?)
  • Faces ( Kao?): Gorō Naya (納谷 悟朗 Naya Gorō?), Seizō Katō (加藤 精三 Katō Seizō?), Shōzō Iizuka (飯塚 昭三 Iizuka Shōzō?)
  • Greengrocers (八百屋 Yaoya?): Kazue Tsunogae (角替 和枝 Tsunogae Kazue?, Cameo), Kazumasa Taguchi (田口 主将 Taguchi Kazumasa?, Cameo)
  • Mina's Father (ミナの父 Mina no Chichi?): Kanji Tsuda (津田 寛治 Tsuda Kanji?, Cameo)
  • Lion Orphnoch (ライオンオルフェノク Raion Orufenoku?, Voice): Tsuyoshi Koyama (小山 剛志 Koyama Tsuyoshi?, Cameo)
  • Narration (ナレーション Narēshon?): Eiichiro Suzuki (鈴木 英一郎 Suzuki Eiichirō?)

Theme song[edit]