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Ryosuke Sakamoto, Bioman’s Red One, Diagnosed with Cancer


Ryosuke Sakamoto, Bioman’s Red One, Diagnosed with Cancer


Ryosuke Sakamoto, who played Red One on Choudenshi Bioman announced to the public that he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and he is scheduled to undergo surgery on September.

The announcement was made by the actor himself while attending the Akamatsuri (Red Festival) a yearly event held by reporter Mishio Suzuki, to the surprise of the actors and suit actors that played red heroes in past Super Sentai series join to celebrate tokusatsu and share stories, as well as the audience.

Sakamoto stated that he wanted to announce it publicly, asking his fellow actors and fans to give him support in this trying time.

What Sakamoto didn’t know was that the remaining members of the Bioman cast gathered especially for him to give him strength in this difficult time, abruptly coming onto the microphone and dashing onto stage.

Michiko Makino, who played Pink Five, retells the story on her blog.

Our Red Has Cancer, part 1

When I was told by Sakamoto, Bioman’s Red 1
that he had cancer, it was such an unreal moment
that I thought “What is this man saying? Is he joking?”

I did not want to believe it but it was true.

Days later.
After making a few calls, Ota, Green 2 and Oosuka, Blue 3 came to
see him with me at his first chemotherapy session.
On the second one I came with Yellow 4, Tanaka.

Surgery is programmed for September.
He has esophagic cancer stage 3 with some spread to his lymph nodes.

Thinking of the possibilities I got all flustered,
Pink is there because Red is there
We cannot not have Red.

My heart just screamed that the 5 of us have to get old together.

On August 27th, the Red Festival was coming.
(A yearly event that gathers actors that played Red)
And he told us that he would announce his illness.
And that he wanted us to be there.

However, we had to tell him that we didn’t know, it was vague.

Afterwards, the organizer, Mishio Suzuki called me.
She told me that we should gather the whole team as a surprise for Sakamoto.

A real surprise. We didn’t tell anyone until the day.

Sakamoto called me 3 times, insisting on me attending.
I had to swallow my tears and tell him that I had rehearsals for the play I am doing…

The day for Red Festival came.
The four of us gathered at a nearby doughnut shop.

The script did not have us featured.
We received our special secret script.

Around the time he would make the announcement,
we were on standby in the background.

Legendary suit actor Kazuo Niibori announced a present for Sakamoto.

Pink: Sakamoto-san, you are not by yourself in this battle!
Yellow: That’s right! We are all with you!
Green: Hang in there!
Blue: I can’t wait to celebrate your good health together with you!

After our voices were heard, we joined Sakamoto on the stage.

He had no idea.

He just couldn’t contain his tears.
We just couldn’t either.

However, I could feel, more than ever
the bond that the five of us shared after that year of our youth
in which we fought together.

Bioman is eternal.
Red One is and will always will be our leader.

It may be a little weird me saying it but,
Mishio Suzuki
The other Red Heroes
people who love tokusatsu

Thank you. That was a night I feel truly grateful for.

The second part of her entry highlighted the photos from the Red Festival event with notable actors from various Super Sentai series, including Flashman and Maskman, sending words of encouragement. After the team assembled on stage, they performed their transformation pose on stage together and sang the opening theme with everybody.

Tokusatsu Network Senior Editor, Tom Constantine, attended the event, breaking the news to Team TokuNet as it happened, saying that everyone at the event were in tears and applauding to show their support. Additionally, Team TokuNet asked to send messages to Mr. Sakamoto from our own team and from Bioman fans across the world. Ms. Makino has been kind enough to help and relay these messages of support to Mr. Sakamoto.

If readers would like to comment with their message below or tweet your message on social media with the hashtag #GoRedOne and we will gather and translate them to deliver to Mr. Sakamoto.

Source: Michiko Makino’s Instagram, Blog

Translator and interpreter among other things. A not so engaged yet passionate tokusatsu fan.



  1. Aya Ran Fujimiya

    August 30, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Hang in there Red One! Get Well Now

  2. jeffery bennett (@jefftron20)

    August 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    #GoRedOne get well soon were here for you

  3. Troy

    August 30, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Our thoughts are with you! Stay strong in mind, body, and spirit. Bioman forever!

  4. Adam Dickson

    August 30, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    #GoRedOne From all the Super Sentai fans of America, our prayers are with you, may the power protect you, keep fighting the good fight!

  5. Dexter duran

    August 31, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Fight red one you are still my hero

  6. Jules Dedoro

    August 31, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Red one is our hero and he’s the last appearance in gokaiger vs goseiger 199 super sentai battle since 2012 he helps the space pirates to save our world in future against zangyack
    For now on the year 2016 is our 40th anniversary of 2000th episodes of super sentai zyuohger and gokaiger finally our celebrate for super sentai 40 we are heroes stands of our universe and we love all our journey to the future in you hands akared brings the power of 40V.
    Go Fight Red One Peace our Future

  7. Marcio Ferreira

    August 31, 2016 at 11:04 am

    #GoRedOne The Bioman fans from all over the world are with you! Keep fighting with the spirit who supports you!

  8. Kevin Chan

    August 31, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Don’t give up, Sakamoto-san! We are all with you forever! Choudenshi Bioman for life!

  9. Debon Arma

    August 31, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Hang in there! Get well soon, I know you can. We are all with you in heart mind and soul! Super Sentai Spirit!

  10. Alfie Cezar

    September 1, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Get well soon, Red One! 🙂

  11. Manoel Sampaio Nunes

    September 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Não é muito bom quando sabemos q um grande herói se encontra doente!Poder saber que além desta luta q entrelaçou a sua vida e que a cada momento pode ficar cada vez mais grave,nós q somos seus fãs seja, no Oriente quanto no ocidente estaremos com você!Te desejando muita força e que a cada dia você possa refletir e saber que todos nós estaremos torcendo pela sua melhora….. Thank your so much Sakamoto San!!!!

  12. Tyler Wong

    September 5, 2016 at 7:31 am

    #GoRedOne Get well soon!

  13. Andy Kusanagi

    September 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I never really had a chance to watch Bioman, but I can’t just sit by without wishing Sakamoto-san well. Here’s rooting for him to stand up and keep up the fight, even if it has to go to the finish. #GoRedOne

  14. Jose

    November 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I just started Bioman some hours ago and now I read about your condition, I hope you recover, be strong and know that a lot of people (even if they don’t know you in person) care about you. #GoRedOne

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