ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE Coming March 2017
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Tsuburaya Productions and distributor Shochiku have provided information and high-res images for their upcoming theatrical feature based on the ULTRAMAN ORB (ウルトラマンオーブ, Urutoraman Oobu, 2016-17) television series.
In ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE, the titular hero joins forces with Ultraman Zero and Ultra Seven to rescue the “New Generation Heroes” Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Victory and Ultraman X and prevent an unprecedented global crisis. To battle the villain Murnau — apparently named after NOSFERATU director F.W. Murnau — Orb will also take on the new “Orb Trinity” form via the “Trinity Fusion” with X, Victory and Ginga.
The film is being directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi, lead director on the ULTRAMAN ORB series. Taguchi 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), he 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). Taguchi also headed the ULTRAMAN X (ウルトラマンＸ, Urutoraman Ekkusu, 2015-2016) television series and directed ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE (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, 2016).
Shochiku will release ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE at the Shinjuku Piccadilly and other cinemas across Japan on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Advance tickets go on sale Saturday, December 20 at theaters nationwide, plus Ultraman events and official memorabilia shops. Ticket buyers who purchase the Parent-Child Pair will receive a free limited edition Glitter Ver. Ultraman Orb Origin finger puppet, while supplies last.
A mysterious mechanism is delivered to the office of paranormal investigators SSP (Something Search People). SSP members Naomi Yumeno (Miyabi Matsuura), Jetta Hayami (Naoto Takahashi) and Shin Matsudo (Hiroaki Nerio) determine that it is a transformation device… the X Devizer that housed Ultraman X both during and after his merging with Xio agent Daichi Oozora (Kensuke Takahashi). Gai Kurenai (Hideo Ishiguro) returns from his wanderings to search for X… unaware that this is just the first sign of a new threat to the Earth.
The villainous space witch Murnau (Oniyakko Tsubaki) — obsessed with beauty — has allied with Ultraman Orb’s enemy, Juggrus Juggler (Takaya Aoyagi), to use his Dark Ring. The Dark Ring draws the most evil hearts in the universe and amplifies the owner’s abilities, giving Marnau the power to capture the three Ultramen X, Ginga and Victory and transform them into jewels for her collection. Juggrus aids her for reasons of his own, while the evil aliens of the Planetary Invasion Syndicate wait in the wings.
Can Ultraman Orb rescue the New Generation Heroes and defeat Murnau? The greatest battle to determine the future of the Earth will soon begin!
Official English Title: ULTRAMAN ORB THE MOVIE
Japanese Title: 劇場版 ウルトラマンオーブ 絆の力、おかりします！ (Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Oobu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!)
Literal Translation: Ultraman Orb The Movie: I’m Borrowing the Power of Your Bonds!
Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, March 11, 2017 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Gai Kurenai/Ultraman Orb (Voice): Hideo Ishiguro
Naomi Yumeno: Miyabi Matsuura
Jetta Hayami: Naoto Takahashi
Shin Matsudo: Hiroaki Nerio
Juggrus Juggler: Takaya Aoyagi
Ittetsu Shibukawa: Shingo Yanagisawa
Murnau: Oniyakko Tsubaki
Daichi Ozora: Kensuke Takahashi
Ultra Seven (Voice): Koji Moritsugu
Director: Kiyotaka Taguchi
Screenplay: Takao Nakano
Production: “Ultraman Orb The Movie” Film Partners
Distribution: Shochiku Media Division
World Sales: Tsuburaya Productions
© 2017 “Ultraman Orb The Movie” Film Partners
Advance Ticket Prices
Adult: ¥1,500 / Child: ¥800
Parent-Child Pair: ¥2000
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.
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.
For more information on ULTRAMAN ORB, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- ULTRAMAN ORB Press Notes
- Bandai Launches ULTRAMAN ORB Figure Line
- New ULTRAMAN ORB Ultra Fusion Cards and Collectibles from Bandai
- More ULTRAMAN ORB Bandai Figures for July
- New ULTRAMAN ORB Figures From Bandai
- More Bandai ULTRAMAN ORB Figures for September 2016
- Bandai ULTRAMAN ORB Figure Update