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In 2005, Toei's latest entry in its ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series, ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'', fell victim to [[ExecutiveMeddling the conflicting desires of executives and storytellers.]]

Also in 2005, Toei decided to reintroduce the very first Rider to modern audiences. Thus, was born ''Kamen Rider The First'', a theatrical remake of [[Series/KamenRider the first series]].

As per the series, motorcyclist and college student Takeshi Hongo is nabbed by agents of the evil Shocker organization. Without Prof. Midorikawa to save him this time, Hongo is [[BrainwashedAndCrazy inducted into Shocker's ranks]] as a SuperSoldier called "Hopper." He is instructed to kill all witnesses to Shocker's activities; however, after an encounter with a young woman and her fiancÚ, Hongo begins to resist his mental reconditioning. He is then double-crossed by Shocker and eventually leaves the organization; but then, he meets the fiancÚ, now named Hayato Ichimonji, AKA "Hopper 2"...

Followed by Film/KamenRiderTheNext in 2007.

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!!This film features examples of:

* ActorAllusion: Hongo Takeshi as a DoggedNiceGuy only makes sense if you know that Kikawada Masaaya was also one in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon.''
* AllegedLookalikes: The woman only spots one of the two Hopper operatives in night time, making it harder to distinguish their PaletteSwap. On top of that, she's seen Hopper no. 1 without the helmet once, but because of aforesaid problems with color perception, she doesn't know that it him who saves her later since he keeps the helmet on this time, AND she comes across Hopper no. 2 in the daytime and thinks ''that's'' the one who saved her. That would make sense in the show, where for the longest time, only small details kept them from being 100% identical. But this being the big-budget remake, the producers knowingly pimped out the suits with heavy detailing just to make sure you weren't counting arm-stripes to tell them apart.
* BattleCouple: Snake and Cobra.
* CallingYourAttacks: Averted by the Double Riders. Old fans can still name them by heart anyway.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: The Kaijin must undergo regular blood transfusions to avoid their bodies fatally rejecting their implants. [[spoiler:Somehow, this trope is [[PlotArmor avoided with Hongo]], but played straight with Ichimonji.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Of the original series. Which was fairly dark to begin with...
* FakeShemp: Hideyo Amamoto posthumously reprises his role as Dr. Shinigami via archive footage.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* NotMyDriver: Spider's Modus Operandi at the beginning of the film.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The film renders aspects of the original series more realistically; for starters, rather than casting PeopleInRubberSuits as [[MonstersOfTheWeek the Kaijin]], they are now armored humans like the Riders.
* RedStringOfFate: Literally, with Haruhiko inadvertently getting hooked on an unraveling thread from Miyoko's red sweater as he tries to run away.
* RemakeCameo: Hiroshi Miyauchi (the original Shiro Kazami/Kamen Rider V3) as Tobei Tachibana.
* ScienceMarchesOn: The film makes repeated references to a famous experiment involving ice crystals that has since been discredited (and most serious scientists thought was a bunch of NewAge-y hippy crap from the get-go, anyway). In their defence, the film is just being poetic about it.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Ichimonji is noticeably alot more meaner than in the original show.
* TragicMonster: The Hoppers/Riders, as well as [[spoiler:Shocker's agents Snake and Cobra.]]
* TransformationSequence: Averted. When Hongo spins the wheel on his driver, we cut to the already-suited Rider as he puts his helmet on. (You'll hardly even notice at that point that he ''is'' suited, as the suit is less spandexy than the {{Toku}} norm. It fits the darker, more "realistic" film.
* WhatIf: The film answers the question of what if Hongo didn't escape getting BrainwashedAndCrazy.
** Answer: He's still gonna kick Shocker's ass anyway.
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