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    North American Premiere of Hideaki Anno’s SHIN KAMEN RIDER to Screen at Japan Society on May 23

    Photo courtesy of Japan Society. ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. /2023 Shin Kamen Rider Film Partners

    Japan Society to Host Screening in Celebration of Upcoming Nationwide Theatrical Release from Fathom Events
    Source: Japan Society press release
    Special Thanks to Allison Rodman


    Photo courtesy of Japan Society. ©ISHIMORI PRODUCTION INC. TOEI COMPANY, LTD. /2023 Shin Kamen Rider Film Partners

    Japan Society (New York)  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 we 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 now at 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 visit

    『シン・仮面ライダー 』
    Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 PM

    Dir. Hideaki Anno, 2023, 121 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Sosuke Ikematsu, Minami Hamabe, Tasuku Emoto.

    North American Premiere. Takeshi Hongo awakens to discover he has been transformed into a grasshopper-hybrid cyborg. Becoming the Masked Rider, he must fight the mysterious evil organization SHOCKER to protect all of mankind. SHIN KAMEN RIDER is Anno Hideaki’s ode to the legendary tokusatsu franchise, Japan’s biggest hero, and his dearest childhood icon. Go! Go! Let’s go!

    About Japan Society Film
    Spurred on by the success of the 1970 Donald Richie-curated MoMA retrospective The Japanese Film: 1896-1969, Japan Society committed to making film one of its key programs in the early seventies—quickly becoming the premier venue for the exhibition of new Japanese cinema as well as career-spanning retrospectives on seminal directors and actors. In 1979, Japan Society established the Japan Film Center, formalizing film as a full-fledged, year-round program aimed at cultivating a deep appreciation and understanding of Japanese film culture among American audiences. Over the years, Japan Society Film has hosted numerous high-profile premieres and programs that include visits from Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune, Hideko Takamine, and Nobuhiko Obayashi. In 2007, Japan Society Film launched JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of its kind in North America.

    About Japan Society
    Japan Society is the premier organization connecting Japanese arts, culture, business, and society with audiences in New York and around the world. At Japan Society, we are inspired by the Japanese concept of kizuna (絆)–forging deep connections to bind people together. We are committed to telling the story of Japan while strengthening connections within New York City and building new bridges beyond. In over 100 years of work, we’ve inspired generations by establishing ourselves as pioneers in supporting international exchanges in arts and culture, business and policy, as well as education between Japan and the U.S. We strive to convene important conversations on topics that bind our two countries together, champion the next generation of innovative creators, promote mutual understanding and serve as a trusted guide for people everywhere who seek to more fully appreciate the rich complexities and abundance of Japan. From our New York headquarters, a landmark building designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura that opened to the public in 1971, we look forward to the years ahead, which will be defined by our digital and ideational impact through the kizuna that we build. Our future can only be enhanced by learning from our peers and engaging with our audiences, both near and far.

    About Fathom Events 
    Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit

    Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

    Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.

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