Ultraman Flies into American Theaters in 2017!
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
HOLLYWOOD, CA – December 5, 2016 – Japanese studio Tsuburaya Productions Company Ltd., and their U.S. distributor William Winckler Productions, Inc., have secured select U.S. theatrical play dates for their new, English dubbed, 50th Anniversary feature film of Ultraman, titled 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), along with their new English dubbed film 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!!, 2015), as a special “Double Feature” presentation starting January 8th, 2017.
The Chicago Music Box Theatre, Cleveland Cinemas, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Northwest Diversified Entertainment Theaters, Keystone Cinemas, and other U.S. theaters have signed on for the special limited theatrical screenings of the new Ultraman Movie Double 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. English dubbed version by writer/producer/director William Winckler.
•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). English dubbed version by writer/producer/director William Winckler.
Following is a list of theaters that will be running the Ultraman Double Feature with dates. Keep checking back to SciFi Japan for updated showings as they become available!
HOLLYWOOD BLVD. CINEMA
January 14th, Woodridge, Illinois
January 8th, Bloomfield, Michigan
ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMAS
January 9th, Austin – Lakeline, Texas
January 23-25, Dallas – Richardson, Texas
January 23-25, Dallas – Cedars, Texas
January 28th, Houston – Mason Park, Texas
January 21st, Kalamazoo, Michigan
January 8th, Kansas City, Missouri
January 4th, Laredo, Texas
January 19, 21 and 23, Littleton, Colorado
January 17th, Loudoun, Virginia
January 4th, San Antonio – Westlakes, Texas
January 17th, San Francisco, California
January 9 and 14, Winchester, Virginia
January 11th, Yonkers, New York
CLEVELAND CINEMAS / CAPITAL THEATR
January 8th, Cleveland, Ohio
MUSIC BOX THEATRE
January 15th, Chicago, Illinois
January 8th, Portland, Oregon
STUDIO MOVIE GRILL – (Pending Contract)
VIOLET CROWN – (Pending Contract)
NORTHWEST DIVERSIFIED ENTERTAINMENT
January 8th, Yelm, Washington (YELM CINEMAS)
January 14th, Yakima Valley, Washington (GRAND CINEMAS)
January 14th, Walla Walla, Washington (GRAND CINEMAS)
January 18th, Meridian, Idaho (MAJESTIC CINEMAS)
January 8th, Mt. Washington, Kentucky
January 16th, Anchorage, Alaska
January 26th, Tucson, Arizona
About William Winckler Productions, Inc.
William Winckler Productions, Inc. has produced and distributed English dubbed anime series in America since 1984. The Hollywood company, run by writer/producer/director William Winckler, has worked with many of the major studios in Japan on popular series and feature film titles such as TEKKAMAN THE SPACE-KNIGHT, GAIKING, DANGUARD ACE, STARZINGER, and dozens of others.
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 GINGA S THE MOVIE and ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Coming in March 2015
- ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Preview
- ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Photos and Final Trailer
- Ultraman Movies Get All-New English Dubs
- ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Plays Throughout the Philippines
- Tsuburaya Pro Announces ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE for 2016
- ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE Press Notes and Images
- Bandai ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE Figures