For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Ryousuke Sakamaoto battles cancer – #GoRedOne

Ryousuke Sakamaoto burst onto the Cult Faction radar as Red One leader of Chodenshi Bioman but sadly the great TV hero is now facing a new battle against esophageal cancer.

Sakamaoto himself broke the news at a recent Red Festival event; the news was shared by cast mate Michiko Makino (Pink Five) who alongside her Chodenshi Bioman cast mates (Naoto Ota – Green Two; Akito Osuga – Blue Three; Sumiko Tanaka – Yellow Four) gathered onstage, did their signature pose as tribute to Sakamaoto.

Bioman Red One

Michiko Makino retold the story on her blog:

Our Red Has Cancer, part 1

When I was told by Sakamoto, Bioman’s Red 1
that he had cancer, it was such an unreal moment
that I thought “What is this man saying? Is he joking?”

I did not want to believe it but it was true.

Days later.
After making a few calls, Ota, Green 2 and Oosuka, Blue 3 came to
see him with me at his first chemotherapy session.
On the second one I came with Yellow 4, Tanaka.

Surgery is programmed for September.
He has esophagic cancer stage 3 with some spread to his lymph nodes.

Thinking of the possibilities I got all flustered,
Pink is there because Red is there
We cannot not have Red.

My heart just screamed that the 5 of us have to get old together.

On August 27th, the Red Festival was coming.
(A yearly event that gathers actors that played Red)
And he told us that he would announce his illness.
And that he wanted us to be there.

However, we had to tell him that we didn’t know, it was vague.

Afterwards, the organizer, Mishio Suzuki called me.
She told me that we should gather the whole team as a surprise for Sakamoto.

A real surprise. We didn’t tell anyone until the day.

Sakamoto called me 3 times, insisting on me attending.
I had to swallow my tears and tell him that I had rehearsals for the play I am doing…

The day for Red Festival came.
The four of us gathered at a nearby doughnut shop.

The script did not have us featured.
We received our special secret script.

Around the time he would make the announcement,
we were on standby in the background.

Legendary suit actor Kazuo Niibori announced a present for Sakamoto.

Pink: Sakamoto-san, you are not by yourself in this battle!
Yellow: That’s right! We are all with you!
Green: Hang in there!
Blue: I can’t wait to celebrate your good health together with you!

After our voices were heard, we joined Sakamoto on the stage.

He had no idea.

He just couldn’t contain his tears.
We just couldn’t either.

However, I could feel, more than ever
the bond that the five of us shared after that year of our youth
in which we fought together.

Bioman is eternal.
Red One is and will always will be our leader.

It may be a little weird me saying it but,
Mishio Suzuki
The other Red Heroes
people who love tokusatsu

Thank you. That was a night I feel truly grateful for.

But that is not all…

Tokusatsu Network now launched the  #GoRedOne campaign – encouraging fans from all over the world to tweet/post message on their social media and facebook page that will support Ryousuke Sakamoto in his upcoming surgery.

Related Posts
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Based on Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen's book of the same name, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was directed by Kenneth Johnson and set in the year 2049. It Read more


Originally running between 1977-1979 for 108 episodes, Yatterman succeeded Time Bokan and followed what happened after fragments of a mysterious stone known as the Skull Stone are scattered across the Read more

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

Internationally renowned director Takashi Miike (ICHI THE KILLER, AUDITION, 13 ASSASSINS, HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI 3D,ACE ATTORNEY, FOR LOVE’S SAKE, LESSON OF THE EVIL) is back with the action fantasy Read more

Welcome to Paradox

Debuting in 1998 and running for thirteen episodes, Welcome to Paradox was an anthology show where all the stories took place in the fictional future city of Betaville although the Read more

Ultraman Zero the Chronicle is coming!

Ultraman Zero the Chronicle will depict the history of Ultraman Zero, who first appeared in Ultra Galaxy Legends the Movie in 2009. The character was the face of the brand Read more

The Wizard

Created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Paul B. Radin, The Wizard starred David Rappaport as Simon McKay - a genius inventor with dwarfism. It debuted on 9th September 1986 Read more

The Rise of Skywalker – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ pre-release thoughts…

No one likes an 'I told you so', so let's get the unpleasant bit out of the way. I told you so. Back in Feb 2018, whilst I was still Read more

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Banished from normal housing for the crime of adopting stray cats, Sorata Kanda’s life has gone to the dogs and he’s been impounded in Sakura Hall, a notorious den of Read more

The Maze (1953)

Directed by William Cameron Menzies, The Maze was 3-D horror film that deals with teratology and prenatal phylogenetic evolution. It begins when Scotsman Gerald MacTeam (Richard Carlson) abruptly ends his Read more

The legacy of Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie was supposed to be the holiday hit of 1985. Such was the confidence that father and son producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind had managed to get Read more

The Herculoids

Somewhere out in space live The Herculoids! Zok, the laser-ray dragon! Igoo, the giant rock ape! Tundro, the tremendous! Gloop and Gleep, the formless, fearless wonders! With Zandor, their leader, Read more

The Fugitives

Created by Eileen Gallagher and directed by Jane Prowse, The Fugitives was a seven part show from 2005 that follows fourteen-year-old Jay Keaton (Alex Roe). A teenager with a high Read more

The Face of Another (1966)

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara and based on the novel of the same name by Kōbō Abe, The Face of Another follows an engineer named Mr. Okuyama (Tatsuya Nakadai), whose face Read more

The Degrassi Legacy and why it matters

In a time when the world was over exposed to glamorised American teenage dramas where teens were being played by thirty years olds a dramatic shift happened. The seeds of Read more

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Directed by Coleman Francis, The Beast of Yucca Flats follows a Soviet scientist named Joseph Jaworsky (Tor Johnson), who defects and flees to a Nevada Test Site called Yucca Flats. Before Read more

The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole

Written and directed by Art Moore, The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole ran for 150 episodes between 1958 and 1961. The show followed a little boy named Spunky (voiced by Read more

TAG (2015)

No men in sight, only women… and something unthinkable is killing girls! Internationally acclaimed director Sion Sono (LOVE EXPOSURE, COLD FISH,WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, TOKYO TRIBE) is back Read more

Star Trek: Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor (#1-4)

Space, the final frontier... and on that frontier and beyond, humans and aliens alike need medical care. Enter Leonard McCoy, Doctor of Space Medicine, late of the U.S.S. Enterprise. This Read more

Ronin Warriors

Created by Hajime Yatate, Ronin Warriors (aka Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers aka Yoroiden Samurai Troopers) takes place in a world where after a thousand years Talpa (voiced by Shigezō Sasaoka Read more

Ressha Sentai Toqger Vs Kyoryuger: The Movie (2015)

As 2015 begins, ToQger and Kyoryuger run wild on the big screen! When things get rough, all aboard! A station on the Rainbow Line is swallowed by a mysterious energy Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014. Some would describe him as a teacher, writer, dream weaver, and visionary... some would not...

%d bloggers like this: