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Spider-Man swept out of Tokyo's rainy skies on Monday, making a spectacular entrance by sliding into Roppongi Hills Mori Tower from the roof during the world premiere of Sony's "Spider-Man 3."

Director/co-writer Sam Raimi and the film's Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Topher Grace were the center of attention for hundreds of fans who braved the rain to get a glimpse of the Hollywood stars as they followed the red carpet into the Toho Co.

Guests included local stars of the screen and stage, as well as former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and top-ranked sumo wrestlers. Sony's Howard Stringer welcomed attendees, noting that many had seen the decision by the late co-founder of Sony, Akio Morita, to buy what has become the company's screen arm as "a risky -- if not foolish -- move."

Tokyo was chosen for the premiere, he said, to pay tribute to the leaders of the company, who have had the "perseverance and courage" to make it what it is today, as well as to demonstrate the increasingly blurred lines between hardware and digital content.
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