ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ～ SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND Opens March 2019
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for the next Ultraman theatrical feature film, ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ～ SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND (劇場版ウルトラマンＲ／Ｂ セレクト！絆のクリスタル, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman R/B Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru). The movie will open in Japanese cinemas on March 8, 2019.
ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ～ SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND is based on the ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [ウルトラマンＲ／Ｂ(ルーブ), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu)] television series that has been airing in Japan since July 2018. ULTRAMAN R/B was the first Ultraman series to feature, from the start, two brothers who transform into Ultramen. Promoted as a “dynamic tokusatsu family drama”, show follows the adventures of Katsumi/Ultraman Rosso (Yuya Hirata) and Isami Minato/Ultraman Blu (Ryosuke Koike); their younger sister, Asahi, a high school student; their father Ushio, a designer who runs his own specialty store; and their mother, Mio (Kaori Manabe), a scientist researching the brothers’ transformation devices, the R/B Gyro and R/B Crystal.
In ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ～ SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND, a mysterious Ultraman, Ultraman Tregear (ウルトラマントレギア), will be introduced. Riku Asakura (Tatsuomi Hamada), the main character of the previous TV series, ULTRAMAN GEED (ウルトラマンジード, Urutoraman Jiido, 2017), will also appear and join the brothers in battle. And a new hero born from the hearts of the Minato Family — Ultraman Groob (ウルトラマングルーブ) — will play an important role.
The theme song for the movie will be sung by Takeshi Tsuruno, who played Shin Asuka/Ultraman Dyna in the ULTRAMAN DYNA (ウルトラマンダイナ, Urutoraman Daina, 1997-1998) television series.
◆ Comment by Yuya Hirata (Katsumi Minato/Ultraman Rosso)
In the movie, the “Bond” in the title becomes very important. It is a story about the bonds we have with our family and colleagues. Tatsuomi Hamada performed very well, and enjoyed himself immensely. I think you will like ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE.
◆ Comment by Ryosuke Koike (Isami Minato/Ultraman Blu)
The TV series will end in one month [the final episode airs December 22]. There is a movie version with a connection to the series that you can enjoy even if you’ve never watched the show. But you should watch the TV series first, and enjoy the movie even more!
◆ Comment by Takeshi Tsuruno
Ryosuke Koike is 23 years old, and I was 23 when I starred in ULTRAMAN DYNA. 21 years later, I will be in charge of the theme song with the hopes of inspiring a new generation. I realized my dream of playing Ultraman, so I want to give my juniors a dream of their own!
“Are you Ultraman? Or are you Katsumi Minato?”
Ultraman Tregear, a mysterious new Ultraman, suddenly appeared in Ayakashi, hometown of the Minato Family. Inspired by a question from Tregear about making dreams come true, Katsumi seeks out his own dream.
But when kaiju reappear for the first time in a year, Ultraman Rosso and Ultraman Blu once again stand together against the threat, joined by Ultraman Geed.
As the Ultramen engage the monsters in battle, the hopes and bond of the Minato Family will create a new hero, Ultraman Groob!
Advance tickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at theaters nationwide, plus Ultraman events and official memorabilia shops. Customers will have a few different options to choose from…
■ ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE Original R/B Crystal Movie Ticket
Ticket buyers will receive a free limited edition R/B Crystal, while supplies last.*
Parent-Child Pair: ¥2,500 (Approximately $22.02 US, Tax Included)
General: ¥1,700 (Approximately $14.98 US, Tax Included)
Child (3 Years and Over): ¥1,200 (Approximately $10.57 US, Tax Included)
■ ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE Movie Ticket Card (ticket only items)
Ticket buyers will receive 1 of 3 free limited edition ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE cards, while supplies last.*
Parent-Child Pair: ¥2,200 (Approximately $19.38 US, Tax Included)
General: ¥1,400 (Approximately $12.33 US, Tax Included)
Child: ¥900 (Approximately $7.93 US, Tax Included)
■ Same-Day Ticket
General: ¥1,800 (Approximately $15.86 US, Tax Included)
Child: ¥1,000 (Approximately $8.81 US, Tax Included)
*Not sold at all movie theaters.
Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday, March 8, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Katsumi Minato: Yuya Hirata
Isami Minato: Ryosuke Koike
Asahi Minato: Arisa Sonohara
Makoto Aizen: Motoki Fukami
Ushio Minato: Ginnojo Yamazaki
Mio Minato: Kaori Manabe
Riku Asakura: Tatsuomi Hamada
Production: “UR/B” Film Partners
Distribution: Shochiku Broadcasting
World Sales: Tsuburaya Productions
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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 R/B, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- ULTRAMAN R/B — Press Notes and Photos For New TV Series From Tsuburaya Pro
- ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) Update From Tsuburaya Productions
- ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) Blu-ray Box I Japanese Release November 22
- ULTRAMAN R/B Update — New Characters Announced!
- ULTRAMAN R/B Cast Update