Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie

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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie
Official movie poster with the tag line: "Space Pirates vs. Space Sheriff" (宇宙海賊VS宇宙刑事, Uchū Kaizoku tai Uchū Keiji) featuring Gavan (left) and Gokai Red (right)
Japanese name
Kanji海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャーVS宇宙刑事ギャバン THE MOVIE
Revised HepburnKaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Tai Uchū Keiji Gyaban Za Mūbī
Directed byShojiro Nakazawa
Written byNaruhisa Arakawa
Produced by
CinematographyFumio Matsumura
Music by
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • January 21, 2012 (2012-01-21)
Running time
64 minutes
Box office¥520 million
($4.9 million)

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャーVS宇宙刑事ギャバン THE MOVIE, Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Tai Uchū Keiji Gyaban Za Mūbī) is a superhero film adaptation of the 35th anniversary Super Sentai Series Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. The film is part the Super Sentai VS film series, but unlike previous films which featured two Super Sentai teaming up, it features a team up between the Gokaigers and the eponymous Space Sheriff Gavan, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Gavan and Toei's Metal Hero Series as a whole.[1] The movie also features the debut of the main three heroes of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. The catchphrase of the movie is "Space Pirates vs. Space Sheriff" (宇宙海賊VS宇宙刑事, Uchū Kaizoku Tai Uchū Keiji).

Gokaiger vs. Gavan was released on January 21, 2012, and features the casts and characters of both Gokaiger and Gavan, Kenji Ohba not only portrays his character from Gavan, but also reprises his roles from Battle Fever J and Denshi Sentai Denjiman.[2][3]

The film debuted at #2 on its opening weekend at the Japanese box-office with a gross of ¥160,750,000, exceeding the opening sales of 2011's Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku by approximately 14%.[4] The film ultimately grossed ¥520,000,000 in its entire run.


After sending Gai Ikari to buy dinner for them, the remaining Gokaigers are suddenly confronted and apprehended by Retsu Ichijouji, who takes them to his superior Space Police Chief Weeval to expose him as Ashurada, a member of the Zangyack Empire and descendant of Ichijouji's enemy Don Horror. After freeing the Gokaigers, Ichijouji orders them to leave. Ikari rescues the Gokaigers while Ichijouji is captured by Ashurada and his robotic enforcer Gavan Bootleg and taken to the pocket dimension of Makuu Space. While regrouping, the Gokaigers' Captain Marvelous reveals Ichijouji rescued and inspired him as a child to his crewmates and vows to return the favor.

As Ashurada meets with his leader Akudos Gill to reveal his plan to use his connection to Don Horror to torture Ichijouji and expand Makuu Space to consume Earth, the Gokaigers receive a call from Basco ta Jolokia, who reveals Gavan is imprisoned at the top floor of the Zangyack's Makuu Prison. They later encounter past Super Sentai warriors and acquaintances of Ichijouji, Daigoro Oume and Shiro Akebono, who reveal further that the Gokaigers can use the Denzimen and Battle Fever team's powers to reach Makuu Space. The pirates breach the prison and cause a breakout, attracting Zangyack forces. Ikari and Joe Gibken stay behind to fend them off while the others work to reach the top floor. Meanwhile, Jolokia attempts to take advantage of the Gokaigers' absence to steal their Ranger Keys, only to be thwarted by the Go-Busters.

Gavan Bootleg sends the Gokaigers to different dimensions to impede their progress, but Marvelous eventually reaches the top floor and frees Ichijouji while fighting Gavan Bootleg. The Gokaigers blast their way back to the ground floor before destroying the prison and returning to Earth, where they battle Ashurada, Gavan Bootleg, and a Zangyack platoon. Working together, they destroy Gavan Bootleg and the platoon, but Ashurada enlarges himself, prompting the Gokaigers and Ichijouji to summon their mecha to weaken him before Marvelous and Ichijouji kill him.

As they bid each other farewell, the Gokaigers and Ichijouji are reunited with Oume and Akebono.[5]


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  2. ^ Hyper Hobby, December 2011
  3. ^ Toei Hero Max, Vol. 39
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