ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Preview
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku have released press notes and new images from the next Ultraman movie, ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガＳ 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!), opening in Japanese cinemas on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Based on the ULTRAMAN GINGA S (ウルトラマンギンガＳ, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014) television series, the movie stars the show’s heroes Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory plus the UPG (Ultra Party Guardians) team. The two Ultramen combine to form Ultraman Ginga Victory, who fights alongside the “New Generation” of Ultra Warriors — Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Cosmos, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Max, Ultraman Mebius and Ultraman Zero — against an inter-dimenensional threat.
ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE ticket buyers in Japan will have a chance to meet one of the Ultramen in person. Each Saturday from March 14th through March 28th, an Ultra Hero will be visiting every theater showing the film to take part in an audience “meet and greet” before each screening. The movie’s official website has a provided a chart showing which Ultraman will be appearing at specific screenings.
■ Hikaru Raido
Played by Takuya Negishi (Watanabe Entertainment)
The young member of the special investigation team UPG who transforms into Ultraman Ginga with the Ginga Spark. Known for his great curiosity and strong sense of justice — and a hatred of secrets — Hikaru has long dreamed of being an adventurer. He also nauntains his sense of humor even in the toughest of circumstances.
Played by Kiyotaka Uji (Stardust Promotion)
A prince of the underground Victorian civilization who transforms into Ultraman Victory. He has a stoic personality but displays a strong sense of kindness, offering a helping hand to the weak and those in need.
■ Musashi Haruno
Played by Taiyo Suigura (Sky Corporation)
An Ultraman host from another dimension, Musashi is a gentle and true hero. He assistsUPG, Hikaru and Shou in their struggle to free the captured Ultramen.
Played by Arisa Komiya (Box Corporation)
Princess of planet Zandt, Alena is able to manipulate the power of her magic mirror, sealing any opponent in the mysterious light it emits. She has captured many Ultra Heroes.
■ Yoshiaki Jinno
Played by Ryuichi Ohura (Asaikikaku Company)
Captain of the special investigation team UPG. Jinno loves houseplants and herbal tea, but will act quickly and decisively to protect his subordinates and friends in an emergency.
■ Arisa Sugita
Played by Yukari Taki (Vision Factory)
Combat Leader of UPG. She has the physical strength and competitive spirit of a man, and is second to none when it comes to gunplay.
■ Goki Matsumoto
Played by Takahiro Kato (Camel Arts)
Co-Combat Leader of UPG. Although he is physically fit and known for his infectious laugh exciting, he has is somewhat emotionally brittle.
■ Tomoya Ichijoji
Played by Takuya Kusakawa (Stardust Promotion)
A young genius who handles research in the UPG lab. Tomoya has a quiet personality, but has received overwhelming trust from his fellow UPG members. In response to their support, Tomoya rebuilt Mana, Android One Zero, after her body was destroyed in the battle with Dark Lugiel.
Played by Rina Koike (Very Berry Production)
Shou’s childhood friend in the Victorian underground world. In ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE, she becomes a new member of UPG.
Played by Moga Mogami (Dear Stage)
Originally known as the hostile Android One Zero, she began to develop human emotions and was given the name “Mana”. She joins UPG as a new member in this film.
UPG Specially Equipped Vehicles
UPG’s mecha was created through a joint promotion with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Tsuburaya Productions and Nissan partnered to create excitement through the advanced technology and new mobility of electric vehicles. The 100% electric car “Nissan Leaf” and the 100% electric commercial car “e-NV200” special were the base models for two specially equipped vehicles appearing in ULTRAMAN GINGA S.
■ UPG-EV1 Schnauzer
UPG personnel dedicated special investigation vehicle. A five-door hatchback with an elegant design, it is utilized for both patrol and combat. Power is supplied by cable to the charge port in the hood, connecting the Charge Gun or the ultra high power Hyper Laser by hyper rapid charging.
■ UPG-EV2 Malamute
UPG personnel dedicated special investigation vehicle, operated as a mobile operational command center. The armament of this box panel van also includes a Charge Gun and Hyper Laser.
Official English Title: ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE
Japanese Title: 劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガＳ 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!! (Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!)
Literal Translation: Ultraman Galaxy S The Movie: Decisive Battle! 10 Ultra Warriors!!
Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, March 14, 2015 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: Approximately 63 Minutes
General: ¥1,400 / Child: ¥700
Advance General: ¥1,300 / Child: ¥600 / Parent-Child Pair: ¥1900
Hikaru Raido/Ultraman Ginga: Takuya Negishi
Shou/Ultraman Victory: Kiyotaka Uji
Musashi Haruno/Ultraman Cosmos: Taiyo Suigura
Alena: Arisa Komiya
UPG Captain Yoshiaki Jinno: Ryuichi Ohura
UPG Officer Arisa Sugita: Yukari Taki
UPG Officer Goki Matsumoto: Takahiro Kato
Tomoya Ichijoji: Takuya Kusakawa
Sakuya: Rina Koike
Mana (Android One Zero): Moga Mogami
Voice of Ultraman Ginga: Tomokazu Sugita
Voice of Ultraman Dyna: Takeshi Tsuruno
Voice of Ultraman Gaia: Takeshi Yoshioka
Voice of Ultraman Zero: Mamoru Miyano
Voice of Dark Lugiel: Tomokazu Sugita
Voice of Etelgar: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Director: Koichi Sakamoto
Screenplay: Yuji Kobayashi, Takao Nakano
Supervisor: Shinichi Ooka
Production Supervisor: Sei Okazaki
Executive Producer: Tsugumi Kitaura
Producer: Eiji Kikuchi
Cinematography: So Takahashi, Masaki Nishioka
Special Effects: Nishioka Masaki
Lighting: Hiromichi Takeyama
Art Director: Taro Kiba
Action Coordinator: Hiroyuki Okano
Music: Takao Konishi
Orchestra Arranger: Fumio Hara
Theme Song: “Ultraman Victory/Ultraman Ginga Song” by Voyager with Hikaru & Shou feat. Takamiy
Insert Theme: “Song of the Hero” by Toshihiko Takamizawa
Production: “Ultraman Ginga S The Movie” Film Partners
International Sales: Tsuburaya Productions
© 2015 “Ultraman Ginga S The Movie” Film Partners
About Tsuburaya Productions
Tsuburaya Productions, creator and copyrights owner of the superhero ULTRAMAN series was founded in 1963 by Eiji Tsuburaya, world-renowned special effects wizard also known for his special effects work on the Godzilla series. With close to fifty years’ experience, it is one of Japan’s oldest and most respected independent film and television production houses. Its popular Ultraman TV and film series which premiered in 1966 has been seen in over 100 territories worldwide and has spawned over 3,000 licensed products. In addition to production, the company also handles character licensing and program distribution and staging live stage shows both domestically and internationally.
About Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1895, Shochiku functions as a highly-tuned vertically integrated entertainment entity, encompassing feature film and television production, theatrical distribution of Japanese & foreign motion pictures, worldwide sales, exhibition, DVD and home video distribution and the Kabuki Theater.
Shochiku operates one of the most successful motion picture divisions in Japan. The company has produced a number of critically and financially successful films, including the 2002 Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI, directed by Yoji Yamada, the first Japanese Academy Award nomination for a live-action film in 22 years. Shochiku’s latest include DEPARTURES by Yojiro Takita, the 2009 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film.
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