The team behind the upcoming film, Shin Kamen Rider, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original show’s final episode by revealing a brand new trailer and a March 2023 release date.
February 10th, 2023, marks the 50th anniversary of the final episode of the original Kamen Rider (1971). To commemorate that anniversary, Toei released a brand new trailer for Hideaki Anno’s upcoming film that reimagines the original story, Shin Kamen Rider.
Shin Kamen Rider reimagines the story of Takeshi Hongo, a college student and motorcyclist who is kidnapped by an evil organization called Shocker (which stands for Sustainable Happiness Organization with Computational Knowledge Embedded Remodeling in this version) and turned into the ultimate cyborg warrior. After escaping before he can be brainwashed, Takeshi vows to fight back against Shocker using the abilities they gave him as Kamen Rider.
This latest trailer teases the film’s motorcycle action, many villains, scenes from the 1971 TV show being recreated in the same locations where they were originally filmed, and Takeshi’s inner conflict as he comes to terms with being turned into something monstrous. The video ends with a new rendition of the iconic finishing attack, the Rider Kick.
The official website for the movie also suggests that 4 of the monsters featured will be lifted from episodes 1-3 and 8 of the original show as their symbols are featured in the “Shocker” section. Additional monsters and villains are also teased in the above trailer.
The film is written and directed by Hideaki Anno, known for creating Neon Genesis Evangelion, writing and co-directing Shin Godzilla, and writing Shin Ultraman. As previously announced, the movie stars Sosuke Ikematsu as Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider #1, Minami Hamabe as Ruriko Midorikawa, and Tasuku Emoto as Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider #2.
Legend and DX versions of the Kamen Rider #1 Henshin Belt Typhoon and the Kamen Rider #2 Henshin Belt Typhoon have also been revealed.
The Legend Henshin Belts are being sold exclusively through Family Mart. Kamen Rider #1’s belt will cost 5,650 yen when it releases on March 10th, 2023. Pre-orders are being accepted now through the FamiPay app. Kamen Rider #2’s belt will cost 3,850 yen through FamiPay when it releases on March 25th, 2023.
The DX Henshin Belts will be available in stores where toys are sold for 7,150 yen each. Kamen Rider #1’s belt will release on March 18th, 2023, and Kamen Rider #2’s belt will release on March 25th, 2023.
Shin Kamen Rider will premiere in some Japanese theaters on March 17th at 6pm. It will release nationwide on March 18th.