If you live in Singapore and grew up a fan of Kamen Rider, then you might’ve grown up flying over to Japan to catch their movies, or might’ve managed to watch it in some other… ahem, underhanded ways, since official releases were ridiculous hard to get your hands on.
But it seems you may no longer have to resort to those methods. Kind of.
Asian film distributor Purple Plan recently announced that they will be bringing in the latest hit Kamen Rider movie, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Forever, to Singapore and Indonesia. There’s no other news yet about other Southeast Asian countries, but hopefully more on that will be revealed soon.
Regardless, it should be heralded as good news, considering the fact that the last Kamen Rider movie that screened in Singapore was in 1977.
Another reason to be optimistic is the favourable reception that Heisei Generations Forever got in Japan, but there is a slight catch.
Local fans are wary since Purple Plan previously announced the potential distribution of Kamen Rider One back in 2016, but that one ultimately failed to materialise.
However, it seems that things are on schedule for Heisei Generations Forever, and should release some time this year in Golden Village cinemas across Singapore.
Heisei Generations Forever marks the twentieth anniversary – and the end – for the Heisei era of Kamen Rider, which began in 1979. It features all the Kamen Riders who took on the iconic armour over the past 20 years, including a cameo of fan-favourite Ryotaro Nogami/Kamen Rider Den-O, played by Takeru Satoh, who played the iconic samurai Kenshin in the live-action movie adaptations of Rurouni Kenshin, which spanned from 2012 to 2014.
This is surely big news for Kamen Rider fans, should the deal fall through and Heisei Generations Forever finally arrive on Singapore’s shores.