#23 – Hanuman and the Five Riders: June 8, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
The Laser Blast Film Society Presents: Hanuman and the Five Riders
When: June 30, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.
- PRE-SHOW: 7:30 p.m.
- FEATURE: 8:00 p.m.
A gonzo Kamen Rider-riff from Thailand, presented with exclusive Laser Blast subtitles that re-contextualizes the story into a treatise on creative expression!
HANUMAN AND THE FIVE RIDERS (1974)
Dir. Sompote Sands, Sohei Tojo
Cast: Martin and Michael McNamara
Runtime: 90 min
Country: Thailand, Canada
Screening Format: Digital
"A queasy amalgamation of colourful kiddie sci fi adventure and perversely lurid downscale sleaze." - DIE, DANGER, DIE, DIE, KILL BLOG
"In one memorable scene, the hunky scientist is tickled so much that he pee's in the face of one of the evil henchmen" - Wild Side of Thailand Blog
In 1974, director Sompote Sands approached Toei studios and pitched them a project that would team their KAMEN RIDER characters with the mystical Thai/Hindu god Hanuman. Legend goes that Toei went “You can make this over our dead body”, so short of murdering the Toei executives, Sands did the next best thing: he made it without their permission.
Sands built his own 99 cent super hero costumes, shot swaths of jaw dropping violence, and then he mashed together his poverty row footage with action sequences stolen from the KAMEN RIDER TV show. The result is a fever dream that features a barrage of goofy monsters, blood drinking metal men and a titular hero that crushes villains to death with an eerily gleeful zeal. You have never seen anything like it. In fact, the film has never received a proper release in North America!
TAKE NOTE! The Laser Blast Film Society will be presenting HANUMAN AND THE FIVER RIDERS with exclusive subtitles. Enjoy all the monster mashing and exsanguination of the original, but with a brand new story story about life, love and the challenges of following your dreams. Truly, a film for the entire family! Bring the kids!*
*We're not responsible for nightmares.