The spandex-clad Japanese superhero Ultraman recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with the release of two brand new films: ULTRAMAN X: THE MOVIE (featuring a battle in which Ultramen try to stop monsters from destroying a city) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE: SHOWDOWN! (which also… includes a giant battle in which Ultraman warriors team up to stop monsters from destroying a city.)
Now both films are invading North American as a double Ultraman feature.
The world famous Ultraman character was created by Mr. Eiji Tsuburaya in 1966. Mr. Tsuburaya was the special effects creator of Godzilla and many other classic Japanese movie monsters, such as Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and the Gargantuas from the Russ Tamblyn cult film WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS. Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has produced numerous feature films and TV series over the past fifty years, with Ultraman being the company’s most famous character/brand/franchise. The double billed movies feature all new Ultraman superhero characters.
Over the past thirty-two years, William Winckler Productions has written, produced and directed the American English language versions of Japanese anime and live-action films and TV series. The Los Angeles based company is run by producer William Winckler, whose past select credits include the classic TEKKAMAN THE SPACE KNIGHT, GAIKING, DANGUARD ACE, STARZINGER, DEAD RISING, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, and SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK.
•ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (2016 / 70-minute Theatrical Film)
When realty TV host Carlos Kurozaki breaks into a mysterious underground pyramid for a television event, he removes a special gem. . . and unwittingly releases a diabolical monster called Zaigorg! The evil creature wants Kurozaki’s gem, so it spawns an army of giant kaijus to get it! It’s up to the famous superheroes Ultraman X, Ultraman Tiga, and the one and only original Ultraman to stop the worldwide monster war!
ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE is the special 50th Year Anniversary film of Tsuburaya Productions iconic superhero character ULTRAMAN. Starring Kensuke Takahashi, Akane Sakanoue, Takami Yoshimoto, Michael Tomioka. Directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi.
•ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (2015 / 63-Minute Theatrical Film)
A sinister space warrior, Etelgar, forces a beautiful young alien princess, Alena, to use her magical mirror to trap every Ultraman hero in the Galaxy! In order to stop Etelgar and save the princess and their fellow Ultramen, two brave young men, Hikaru and Shou, must each transform into new Ultra-heroes, Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory, and combine their super-powers! Thus begins an epic battle of the greatest Ultraman heroes teaming up to defeat Etelgar and his army of villainous space warriors!
Starring Takuya Negishi, Kiyotaka Uji, and Arisa Komiya. Directed by Koichi Sakamoto (Saban’s POWER RANGERS).