Japan Society is ecstatic to announce the North American premiere of Hideaki Anno’s Shin Kamen Rider on May 23, 2023. Japan Society is a 116-year-old nonprofit organization focused on growing the connections between the U.S. and Japan, and they are deeply honored to present the big screen evolution of one of Japan’s most iconic heroes in the biggest city in America. This premiere event is held in partnership with Fathom Events and Toei Co. Ltd., who will bring the film to over 700 theaters around the U.S. for one night only on May 31.
Since 1971, the Kamen Rider franchise has thrilled audiences in Japan. One of the most popular tokusatsu television series, it is in the same special effects-driven genre as sagas, including Power Rangers and Ultraman. Core to Kamen Rider is a superpowered, motorcycle-riding masked hero, and the franchise has given rise to over 30 different television incarnations, all focused on different masked heroes whose powers have been influenced by insects, dragons, ghosts, magic, music, and even fruit. Written and directed by Hideaki Anno, Shin Kamen Rider reimagines the original iteration of the masked rider for a whole new generation.
The Kamen Rider franchise and Shin Kamen Rider film are both released by Toei Co. Ltd. Toei is one of Japan’s largest movie and television companies, and it has created stories popular with audiences in Japan and around the world for over 70 years. In addition to Kamen Rider, Toei is behind beloved titles, including Dragon Ball, One Piece, and Sailor Moon.
“We’re honored and humbled to bring Shin Kamen Rider to audiences in North America for the first time,” said Peter Tatara, Japan Society’s Director of Film. “We believe Hideaki Anno’s tribute to one of his childhood heroes will ignite both old and new fans here at Japan Society and all across the country.”
Japan Society will present the first screening of Shin Kamen Rider in North America at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 23. Tickets are available here. This screening will take place inside Japan Society’s landmarked headquarters at 333 East 47th Street, one block from the United Nations.
Following the Japan Society premiere, Shin Kamen Rider will be presented in theaters across the country for one night only on May 31 through Fathom Events. For more information about Fathom’s nationwide screenings and the full list of participating movie theaters, please click here.