Tsuburaya Pro Announces ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE for 2016
With the ULTRAMAN X (ウルトラマンＸ, Urutoraman Ekkusu, 2015-2016) television series heading towards its conclusion on TV Tokyo, Tsuburaya Productions’ today officially announced the theatrical spin-off ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE: HERE COMES! OUR ULTRAMAN (劇場版 ウルトラマンＸ きたぞ！われらのウルトラマン, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman X Kita Zo! Ware-ra no Urutoraman) for Spring 2016. Part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Ultraman, the film will feature X unveiling a new ultimate power — the Beta Spark Armor — against a “black shadow” approaching the Earth.
ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE will be directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi, lead director on the ULTRAMAN X series. he worked on FX for the Godzilla franchise starting with GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS (ゴジラ × メガギラス G消滅作戦, Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jii Shoometsu Sakusen, 2000) and made his directing debut with the independent production G (大怪獣映画 Ｇ, Daikaijuu Eiga G, 2007). After making the popular NHK short film GEHARHA: THE DARK AND LONG HAIR MONSTER (長髪大怪獣ゲハラ, Choohatsu Daikaijuu Gehara, 2009), Taguchi directed episodes of Tsuburaya’s NEO ULTRA Q (ネオ・ウルトラQ, Neo Urutora Kyuu, 2013), KAIKI DAISAKUSEN: MYSTERY FILE (怪奇大作戦 ミステリー・ファイル, Kaiki Daisakusen Misuteroo Fairu, 2013) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S (ウルトラマンギンガＳ, Uurutoraman Ginga S, 2014).
Distributed by Shochiku, ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE will open in cinemas across Japan on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Additional details on the film will be revealed Saturday, December 12. Fans who don’t want to wait can find more information in the new issues of Shogakukan’s TV-kun (てれびくん, Terebi-kun) and Kodansha’s TV Magazine (テレビマガジン, Terebi Magajin), both on sale now.
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 more than 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.
For more information on ULTRAMAN X, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- ULTRAMAN X Press Notes
- Bandai Launches ULTRAMAN X Figure Line
- Stay Clean with ULTRAMAN X Talking Soap Dispenser
- New ULTRAMAN X Cyber Cards from Bandai
- ULTRAMAN X Ultra Gummy from Bandai
- New Bandai ULTRAMAN X Figures
- Bandai ULTRAMAN X Figures for September 2015
- Ultraman X Cyber Card Set Vol. 3
- Ultraman X Cyber Card Wafers from Bandai
- ULTRAMAN X Japanese Blu-ray and DVD Box Sets in December
- Bandai ULTRAMAN X Figures for October 2015
- Ultraman X Cyber Card Set Vol. 4
- Bandai ULTRAMAN X and Gashapon Ultra 500 Figures for November 2015