Mechanical Violator Hakaider
Rebirth of the Ultimate Anti Hero
“Mechanical Violator Hakaider” is a Japanese Tokusatsu film deeply based on “Android Kikaider.” Originally, Hakaider is the deadly rival of Kikaider. Namely, that is an antihero movie.
Hakaider is a black-armored destroyer who had been sleeping at a desert island for a long time. Awakened by some treasure hunter, the blackened star jumped into the pseudo-utopian place called Jesus Town ruled by Gurjev (perhaps from George Gurdjieff) and his android companion, Mikhail. Gurjev had built up Hakaider, and then unlearned because Hakaider was out of his control. So Mikhail is, in a sense, Hakaider’s younger brother. Jesus Town was full of fake peace. Hakaider was unable to stand the ugly situations and got to destroy.
The 1995 film describes not justice but a guilty hero. And what is right and what is wrong? Our justice is based on faith or ideas suggested by a leader. Then, sometimes it becomes a seed of war and our blindness. We cannot find out absolute justice in the world.
Now, what does guilt mean? Normally, it means what is out of a format of our justice. However, changing your viewpoint, you will see justice and guilt upside down. A. Hitler was a devil in humanism. But in politics, his statecraft was so great because he found a right way out of the swamp for just four years.
In Jesus Town, it is right just obeying Gurjev and so Mikhail fights with Hakaider, his older brother, as taking the side of justice.
Hakaider said “I am never a backward robot that obeys only commands like y’all” in Android Kikaider. That mind is seen also here. Hakaider hates killing heart for the rules. He is neither bound by justice nor guilt, but pleasure or displeasure.
Besides its good design and action, that spirit must be found by people in advanced countries right now, mustn’t it?
about Mechanical Violator Hakaider
・Directed by Keita Amemiya
・Shot by Fumio Matsumura
・Originally Written by Shotaro Ishinomori
・Written by Toshiki Inoue
・Distributed by Toei
・Original Running Time: 52 minutes
・Released on April 15, 1995
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