More on the movie opening sequence, when me and my friends watched it a few years ago, they can't help but laugh at it because it looks cheesy even though I told them a couple of times that Maskman is a really serious TV series! Oh well, at least at the end, they have fun watching the movie as they laugh at every cheesy 80's special effects and the film making style back in the 80's. Lastly, for the remastered stock footage, much to my surprise, they did a better job when it comes to it. I mean, the stock footage cropped for the movie, it doesn't look that awkward looking compared to the Kakuranger one.
Oh well, because of the mermaid, later named Lelai's love for Igam, she is willing to sing for him. Thanks to the power of the Horn Dogler, her voice is amphlified, causing massive earthquakes in our world. Thankfully, the Maskmen who are done doing their opening sequence dance in an empty public pool (I am not kidding), fell underground thanks to the earthquake. This is when we learned when this movie takes place; it is between episodes 13-14 or 14-15. I made this conclusion for the reasons that the Maskmen do not know where are they.
While the rest of the team is fighting the Horn Dogler, Takeru saves Lelai from Igam's clutches. Takeru found an entrance to the surface world and brought Lelai there. Because Takeru is someone she doesn't know it is expected that she will attack Takeru. Takeru then explains himself on why he saved Lelai because he thinks that Igam is just using her. For some reason, I kinda doubt Takeru about it, I mean; the guy looks like he cares for Lelai in a manner like he is love with her. But considering that he is part of the bad guys, I guess he only cared for Lelai in the outside.
It's kinda sad to learn that he only loved Lelai because of her song and that she is useful to her. Because she is forced to sing, the song that she is singing is kinda sad but Igam doesn't care about it just as long as she sings the destruction of the surface world. The ones on the surface world heard her song and Takeru wants her to find happiness and thus, along with the rest of the team, they are determined to save her. Takeru heads back to the underground empire to save Lelai. The fight in the empire is kinda short thanks to Kenta arriving just in time inside the Masky Drill to save the two.
Even though they have trouble with the enemy fighter plane at first, they were able to arrive in their destination: the ocean. Finally, Takeru learned that the reason why Lelai needs to go to the Ocean of Tears, it is because she is a mermaid. Wow, it took you time to figure it out considering that this movie aired during the 80's and the show called Shinkenger doesn't exist yet, which featured monsters who needs to get wet for most of the time. The other Maskmen arrived, same goes with Igam and friends. Now that the heroes and villains are assembled, it is time for the final battle in this movie.
The fights in this scene is just your standard Maskman TV fights, and just like those TV fights, it's entertaining to watch them. Speaking of entertainment, when I watched this movie with my friends, they can't help but laugh on the decisions of the Maskmen in battle. Like if they have a gun, why not use it in the battle a lot of times? These guys haven't watched enough tokusatsu yet to understand that they need to sell the role playing toys in this movie. You know, for the kids! After they defeated the Horn Dogler thanks to a Shot Bomber finisher, it is time for the giant battle.
Back to Lelai, who is still in the shore, likely watching the fights, she finally leaves and the Maskmen from afar bid their farewells to their mermaid friend. Overall, this movie feels like it is about Takeru, Igam and Lelai for 21 minutes. The other Maskmen were just there in the opening sequence and in scenes where they need the five Maskmen. Seriously, it feels like the other five are just there so that they can have a Super Sentai movie. As for the plot of the movie, it feels like the plot is made for TV but they decided to reserve it for this movie, and I think they made a wise decision to save this plot for this movie.