Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャーVS宇宙刑事ギャバンTHE MOVIE Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Tai Uchū Keiji Gyaban Za Mūbī?) is a crossover between Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and Uchuu Keiji Gavan, the original Metal Hero Series in 1982. It premiered on January 21st, 2012. Though Super Sentai series normally have a team up with the previous one in January, Gokaiger's team up with Tensou Sentai Goseiger, Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle, premiered in June as the 35th anniversary movie of Super Sentai. The catchphrase of the movie is "Space Pirates vs. Space Sheriff" (宇宙海賊VS宇宙刑事Uchū Kaizoku Tai Uchū Keiji?)
Kenji Ohba stars as Retsu Ichijouji aka Gavan, along with his 'Super Sentai roles, Shirou Akebono (Battle Kenya) and Daigoro Oume (DenziBlue). The heroes of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters also make a cameo appearance in the film.
Kamen Rider producer, Shinichirô Shirakura (Kabuto, Decade ) was asked by a fan on Twitter if there would be a Metal Hero 30th Anniversary movie in which he replied in English, "That's a good question."
Hiroshi Watari, who played Gavan's successor, Space Sheriff Sharivan, confirmed that his character will not appear. Tetsu Inada, who voices Doggie Kruger (DekaMaster), who was stated to be Gavan's friend in the pamphlet for Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle, also confirmed his character will not appear.
Toei producer Taka-aki Utsunomiya has stated that the intention of the movie is to "go beyond the boundaries of the series and seek a truly meaningful collaboration". Kenji Ohba (now 56 years old) who first started in the business as a suit actor will reprise his classic role as Retsu Ichijou aka Gavan.
Filming began in October. "An interesting theme in my performance is about learning how to overcome the passage of time and have the courage!" said Ohba. Commenting on his younger co-stars, Ohba said, "I have a thick face, while they're all younger and clean-faced, and yet they're more serious and less easygoing than I was at their age."
Ryota Ozawa, who plays Gokai Red's alter-ego Captain Marvelous, praised his co-star by saying "Mr. Ohba is not a reluctant man. You can learn a lot from him."
The legendary Space Sheriff Gavan is hired to capture the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. However, Gavan himself is captured by Gavan Bootleg and is trapped in the worst prison in the universe. The Gokaigers resolve to rescue the sheriff from the prison and join forces with him to fight Gavan Bootleg.
The movie begins with the Gokai Galleon being attacked by Gavan's ship, the Dolgrian. Despite using the Galleon Cannons, Electronic Star Beast Dol separates from Dolgiran transforming into its Dragon Mode and takes out the Galleon. Gai witnesses the ship's crash landing from the ground while getting food. Marvelous and the crew escape the Galleon, but are intercepted by the legendary space sheriff, Gavan. He says that the Gokaigers are under arrest for acts of piracy. Though Captain Marvelous and the Gokaigers claim the investigation by the Special Police Dekaranger cleared them of the piracy charges Ep. 5: Judgement Pirates, Gavan approaches them and the Gokaigers transform. Despite being outnumbered, the veteran sheriff easily defeats and apprehends them.
On board the Dolgiran, the Gokaigers come to the realization that Gai was still free. When the Gokaigers are brought into a indoor stadium, they are met by armed Space Police and Chief of Space Police Weeval. As the pirates are led to the gallows, Gavan questions Weeval about the specifics of the Gokaigers' acts of piracy when they proclaimed their innocence. Weeval says that he doesn't need to hear their claims, but Gavan says that they have to follow procedure as Space Police. However, Weeval tells Gavan that they defied the Zangyack, which confuses the dangling Gokaigers. As they are about to be executed, Gavan releases the Gokaigers, who fight the armed guards who are Gormin in disguise. Gavan explains to Marvelous that he arrested the Gokaigers to draw out the fake Weeval, as the Space Police would never join the Zangyack. Weeval then reveals his true identity as the action commander Chief of Makuu Prison Ashurada. Ashurada congratulates Gavan on his ingenuity for using the pirates to flush him out. However, he introduces Gavan Bootleg, a Space Sheriff like robot whose design is based on both Space Police and Zangyack technologies. Gavan Bootleg manages to match Gavan's every move, and more Gormin appear to surround the Gokaigers. Gavan tells the Gokaigers to run as he'll handle the last of them. After tossing their Mobirates to them, Marvelous notices a familiar hand signal that Gavan gives. Marvelous is left spaced out as the other Gokaigers tranform to fight off the Gormin until Gai and GoZyuDrill appears and rescues the Gokaigers. With the pirates out of the way, Ashurada has Bootleg transport Gavan to the Makuu Space, to Gavan's shock as the police had destroyed the syndicate. From the sidelines, Basco ta Jolokia notes that Marvelous got himself into trouble again.
On board the Galleon, Gai boasts of his impeccable timing, which Don and Luka start harassing him about. Joe notices Marvelous feeling down and asks if he's worried about Gavan. He says that he may know Gavan from his past, and Ahim asks for the details. Marvelous explains that while he was a young stowaway on a ship, the Zangyack began to attack it, causing a large fire and cutting off his means of escape. However, Gavan told him to jump and said that he could either seize his future and live through the ordeal or die. He told the young Marvelous to "count on courage", and the young Marvelous took a leap of faith into the arms of Gavan. Joe tells Marvelous that he (Marvelous) owes Gavan his life for that act. Basco then calls Marvelous to give him information on the fate of Gavan.
On board the Gigant Horse, Dyrandoh berates Ashurada for failing to accomplish his mission, but Ackdos Gill gives Ashurada the chance to explain himself. At the same time, the Gokaigers meet Basco, who tells them that Gavan was taken into Makuu Space, a parallel dimension created by the revived Crime Syndicate Makuu made of malicious energy. Ashurada explains that Gavan had dismantled the Makuu Syndicate, leaving the space to collapse significantly, and Ashurada reveals that he is related to their original leader, Don Horror and has inherited his blood. Ashurada's plan is to catalyze his blood to expand the Makuu Space. Insarn explains to a confused Dyrandoh that "catalyze" means torturing Gavan to arouse the blood of Don Horror, and she realizes that the Makuu Space's expansion could consume Earth. Basco tells the Gokaigers that Gavan is purportedly at the top floor of the Makuu Prison, the worst in the universe. To further the challenge, Basco says that no one has escaped the prison in its 2,600 years of existence. He leaves the Gokaigers with a warning to Marvelous not to go there.
Oddly, the six see a man who appears to be Gavan, walking while coaching a panda in how to walk upright. Gai notes that it's not Gavan, but rather Shirou Akebono, formerly known as Battle Kenya of Battle Fever J. Joe is further confused when another man who also looks like Gavan shows up with a cart, this time Daigoro Oume, who used to be DenziBlue. While Luka notes their similarities in appearance to Gavan, Gai dismisses her comment, by saying the way they smell can tell them apart.
However, through this, Shirou and Digoro tell them to use the Battle Kenya and DenziBlue Ranger Keys to generate a portal leading to the prison using those team's Greater Powers. Before they set off, Marvelous says that he should go alone, but Joe says that Gavan set his path to becoming a pirate and that they'd do as they wish since that was what it meant to be a pirate. The Gokaigers successfully break into the prison while Gavan is brutally whipped by Gavan Bootleg. The Gokaigers discover that villains and former villains such as Jealousto, Bae, Vancuria, Dark Shadow, the remnants of Gaiark's ministry, and others are being held captive. After their cover was blown after the immense ruckus the former Sentai villains made in wanting to get out and a Gormin finds them, the Gokaigers freed the villains and fought the incoming horde.
With the Gokai Galleon abandoned, Basco prepares to the board the ship and lay claim to it and the Grand Powers. However, just as he prepares to do so, he finds himself confronted by an unfamiliar team claiming themselves to be the 36th Super Sentai, the Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. Basco and the Go-Busters briefly do battle, however Basco finds Sally too busy eating bananas (thanks to Yoko, who gave her the fruit) to help him. As a result, he decides to abort the plan to board the Galleon and leaves. The Go-Busters decide to leave the rest to the Gokaigers.
Joe and Gai take the Gormins on by transforming into the boxing Rangers, DenziBlue and Go-On Gold while their teammates try to find Gavan. The Zangyack used the Makuu CIty to delay the Gokaigers, with each door now a portal to other locations. Luka and Doc fight the family of the Sneak Brothers as HurricaneYellow and Battle Kenya, while Marvelous and Ahim reach the next floor to find themselves near the ocean to fight Robogōgu of the 10-sai as Gosei Red and Gosei Pink. They then mysteriously get sent to a forest and briefly fight Kinggon of the Bigfoot, then once more to a quarry to fight Great King Mons Drake. Ahim uses the Twistornado card to divert Mons Drake's attention while Marvelous flies for the final door.
Back in his Gokai Red form, Marvelous finds Gavan on the top floor, but Ashurada sends Gavan Bootleg to fight the pirate, who declares that he'll make the first escape in the prison's history. After enduring a grueling fight with Bootleg, Marvelous manages to free Gavan, and the Gokaigers blast a large hole in their respective floors of the prison, then reunite with Joe and Gai on the bottom floor. Gai then activates the Gokai Galleon Buster with a Special Charge as they destroy the prison, and they open another portal to make their exit. Having returned to Earth, Gavan battles Gavan Bootleg while the Gokaigers fight Ashurada. They activate all-pink, all-white, and all-red Gokai Changes and Gavan finishes Gavan Bootleg off with the Gavan Dynamic.
The Gokaigers defeat the Action Commander Ashurada with a Gokai Slash and Shooting Star after using the Gokai Blast to get rid of Ashurada's extra arms. However, he grows in size, causing the Makuu Space to expand and start enveloping the Earth, causing the Gokaigers to summon GokaiOh and GoZyuDrill to form GoZyu GokaiOh. However Ashurada uses telekinesis to attack with buildings and the mecha is quickly overwhelmed. Engine Machalcon comes in unannounced to assist the Gokaigers and form Kanzen GokaiOh, which then surfs around on the back of Electronic Starbeast Dol, and hit him with some Dol Lasers and a Kanzen Slash to stun him, then hit him with the Dol Gokai Fire to destroy the drills on Ashurada's shoulders. Marvelous jumps out of the robo's cockpit, and he and Gavan position themselves atop the dragon's head, then execute the Gavan Marvelous Dynamic (ギャバンマーベラスダイナミック Gyaban Māberasu Dainamikku?) to finish off Ashurada.
Having won the battle, Gavan takes the time to tell Marvelous that he's proud of what he has become. Not just as a pirate, but a good man. Shirou and Daigoro then join in the celebration. A voice requests the heroes to all transform together, soon the Gokaigers return their respective keys and they all transform. After this, Gai's excitement causes him to request autographs from the three heroes.
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