Talk about rare finds! A couple of years ago, I’d heard of this US Kamen Rider fan-film featuring Oriental Cinema‘s Damon Foster, fandom pillar August Ragone and (apparently) some suit-work by Steve Wang, but I’d believed it lost to the ages. Shows what I know, because it’s been posted on YouTube in two parts for your viewing pleasure! Say what you will about the quality but damn if this isn’t impressive for its time!
EDIT: August Ragone has provided some interesting additional details through the comments:
THE 3 KAMEN RIDERS VS. GHOST SHOCKER (1987) was one of the many video projects we did for fun with Damon Foster back in the day (such as ULTRA CYBORG and HOT DOGS ON THE RUN). It was conceived by myself and Barrie Evans, and I wrote the original script and directed the first version of the film. This was an entrant in a Kamen Rider fan film contest sponsored by Ishimori Productions and Toei back in 1987, shot mostly around the Cal State Hayward University campus.
The costumes were made by Barrie Evans (the Super-1 Henshin Belt was the toy made by Popy), and while the Kamen Rider 2 helmet was the vinyl kit issued by General Products and the time, the helmets for V3 and Super-1 were full, thick latex masks made by Steve Wang. The kaijin mask was a store-bought monster mask, and the main villain’s cybernetic arm and leg were actual suit pieces given to Barrie at Toei Studios, and were originally used on DIMENSION WARRIOR: SPIELVAN.
After the first version was “in the can”, I also supervised the original ADR, Foley and Music tracks, it was later re-edited by Damon and Barrie. I never had my original materials returned to me, which were mastered on Broadcast-quality video (I don’t know what Barrie did with those materials, which is a shame, because I was never re-imbursed for it, either). Still, with all that being said, we had a fun time making this short film.
A few years later, a quick clip of behind-the-scenes footage was used included in an episode of Fuji Television’s NARUHODO THE WORLD, in which Damon, Barrie and myself were interviewed about our obsession with Tokusatsu. This episode featured Americans who were deep into “Japanese things”. Also appearing in the Tokusatsu segment was noted artist and fan, Alex Wald. Our segment in this episode of NARUHODO THE WORLD was shot in San Francisco in late 1992, and aired in Japan in early 1993.