Maito Fujioka To Portray Takeshi Hongo in Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations
The son of the first Kamen Rider, Hiroshi Fujioka, will take on the role his father originated in the upcoming Kamen Rider winter movie.
Toei has announced that Maito Fujioka, the son of original Kamen Rider, Hiroshi Fujioka, will play the role of Takeshi Hongo in the upcoming Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations movie due out next month. The setting of the movies is composed of three eras: 1971, during the origin of Kamen Rider #1, in the present alongside the casts of Kamen Rider Revice and Kamen Rider Saber, and 2071, 100 years after the birth of Kamen Rider. Fujioka can be seen sporting the same blue blazer and tie that his father wore in the first several episodes of the series. The portion of the movie set in 1971 will cover the day that Takeshi Hongo was operated on by Shocker to become the first Kamen Rider as sort of “another” episode.
Maito states that he felt he had to take on the role, as it was the role that his father, Hiroshi, originated and received advice on how to play the character from him directly and re-watched the original series. When the elder Fujioka came to set to watch his son perform, the staff on site cheered enthusiastically for both generations who were working to bring the character of Takeshi Hongo to life.
You can see Fujioka speak about taking on the role as well as catch a glimpse of his recreation of the original Kamen Rider transformation pose in the video below. Kamen Rider: Beyond Generations will be released on December 17th in theaters across Japan.
Source: Toei Press Release