Legendary Tokusatsu suit actor Seiji Takaiwa (Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Metal Hero) , aka “Mr. Heisei Kamen Rider”, will be re-uniting with several toku veterans for a new film to debut later this year. Good Morning, Sleeping Lionis set to debut starting this April on Japanese video distribution service “Hikari TV”, and features Takaiwa in a rare, out of suit, lead role.
Good Morning, Sleeping Lionstars Takaiwa as Kazuma Kujo, an entertainment manager deep into middle age but still deeply passionate for his work. One of his charges, Reimi Watanuki (Miho Watanabe of Idol Group Hinatazaka 46) has been targeted by a mysterious group, and it’s up to Kujo to protect her while keeping his headstrong idol in line.
The show is directed by Koichi Sakamoto, one of the best known action directors in Tokusatsu and a regular Takaiwa collaborator on Rider and Sentai, even working in America by way of Disney during their run on the Power Rangers franchise. Supporting is yet another Rider veteran in Hideaki Tsukada (Producer,Kamen Rider W, Kamen Rider Fourze,Writer,Kamen Rider Fourze – Ama High Graduation –novel). Script is by Yoshiyuki Mitsumasu, a WOWOW Rookie Scenario Award winner.
Takaiwa gained his nickname Mr. Kamen Rider after almost two decades in the suits of various Kamen Riders, as well as other well known tokusatsu. Upon approach from Producer Tsukada with the offer for the role, he enthusiastically accepted the opportunity.
Co-Star Watanabe will be performing the song “Alone Revolution” for the film.