ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE Japanese Theatrical Release Rescheduled For August 7
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information, updated poster art, large photos andvideos for ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX (劇場版ウルトラマンタイガ ニュージェネクライマックス, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman Taiga Nyū Jene Kuraimakkusu). The latest Ultraman theatrical feature film was originally planned to open in Japanese cinemas on Friday, March 6, 2020, but was postponed until Friday, August 7, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tsuburaya has also released a revised theatrical trailer and a special message video from Ultraman Taiga, guiding fans on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus during screenings of the film.
ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE continues from the ULTRAMAN TAIGA (ウルトラマンタイガ, Urutoraman Taiga) television series that aired from July 6-December 28, 2019. The son of the legendary Ultra Brother, Ultraman Taro., Taiga formed a team called the Tri-Squad with two other Ultramen, Titus and Fuma. The three heroes have integrated with Hiroyuki Kudo (Yuki Inoue), allowing the earthling to transform into multiple Ultramen.
ULTRAMAN TAIGA was the last of the “New Generation Heroes” series that began with ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga) in 2013. With seven consecutive series in as many years, the New Generation Heroes line has had the longest run in the entire Ultraman franchise. All of the New Generation Heroes return in ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE, combing their energy with Taiga, Titus and Fuma to become a new hero, Ultraman Reiga.
As an added bonus, the heroes Hiroyuki, Katsumi Minato (Yuya Hirata), Isami Minato (Ryosuke Koike), Riku Asakura (Tatsuomi Hamada), Gai Kurenai (Hideo Ishiguro), Daichi Ozora (Kensuke Takahashi), Shou (Kiyotaka Uji) and Hikaru Raido (Takuya Negishi) will appear in new weekly “Thank You” message videos to be shown following the movie’s end credits. These videos can only be seen in cinemas, and will change each Friday during the film’s theatrical run. The ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE official website will announce which characters/actors will appear that week.
“THREE PLEDGES” MESSAGE FROM ULTRAMAN TAIGA TO SAFELY ENJOY THE MOVIE
Released alongside the extended theatrical trailer, the “Three Pledges” message video offers easy-to-understand infection-control procedures for ensure safe viewing for children and fans. It begins with Taiga yelling “Everyone, wait! The release date of ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX has been set for August 7th. Please remember what I say here and come to the movie theater!”
*We place the highest priority on customer safety, and depending on future trends in the spread of the coronavirus infection, the movie’s release may be postponed again or it may be pulled from cinemas after its opened. If it is postponed again, we will announce it on the movie’s official website, so please check there before going out. Please also check with each theater to confirm the screening status after the movie’s release.”
The theater lineup has changed since the original release planned for March 6th. Please check the official screening theater list on the movie’s website.
Hiroyuki Kudo, who works as a member of the private security organization E.G.I.S., has the ability to transform into three Ultramen: Taiga, Titus, and Huma. The ties between Hiroyuki and Taiga have deepened after their battles with numerous enemies.
But Hiroyuki has discovered he is being targeted by an unknown enemy. The New Generation Heroes Ultraman Ginga, Victory, X, Orb, Geed, Rosso and Blu come together to help him. Taiga’s father, Ultraman Taro, also travels to Earth… only to violently attack his son!
What happened to Taro? And can Taiga fight his own father!?
Now, the New Generation Heroes must challenge the terrible power of darkness!
■ Key Story Points
● Ultraman Taiga is Taro’s son!
Taiga’s father is Ultraman Taro, one of the most popular Ultram Heroes of all time. Having inheried Taro’s genes, Taiga presents a link between the past and the new generation!
● They are the Tri-Squad!
While fighting in outer in space, Taiga formed a team called the Tri-Squad with Ultraman Titus from Nebula U40 and Fuma from O-50. All three Ultramen have united with the earthling, Hiroyuki Kudo, meaning that Hiroyuki can use the power of these three Ultra Heroes. A main character who can transform into multiple Ultramen is a first in the Ultra Series!
● The “New Generation Heroes” All Together!
Ginga, Victory, X, Orb, Geed, Rosso, Blu and Taiga. The protagonists of the “New Generation” Ultraman series are gathered together… in both their human and Ultra forms. The incredible team-up fight that fans have dreamed of is here!
NEW GENERATION HEROES LIMITED EDITION POSTCARDS
Some theaters will offer random attendees of ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE a limited edition postcard depicting the poster art for one of the eight Ultraman “New Generation Heroes” movies released from 2013-2020….*
· ULTRAMAN GINGA SPECIAL (ウルトラマンギンガ 劇場スペシャル, Urutoraman Ginga Gekijō Supesharu, 2013)
· ULTRAMAN GINGA SPECIAL: ULTRA MONSTERS VS ULTRA HEROES (ウルトラマンギンガ 劇場スペシャル～ウルトラ怪獣☆ヒーロー大乱戦！～, Urutoraman Ginga Gekijō Supesharu ~Urutora Kaijū ☆ Hīrō Dairansen!~, 2014)
· ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE: SHOWDOWN! THE 10 ULTRA WARRIORS! (劇場版 ウルトラマンギンガＳ 決戦! ウルトラ10勇士!!, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!, 2015)
· ULTRAMAN X: THE MOVIE: HERE HE 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, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman X Kita Zo! Ware-ra no Urutoraman, 2016)
· ULTRAMAN ORB: THE MOVIE – LET ME BORROW THE POWER OF BONDS! (劇場版 ウルトラマンオーブ 絆の力、おかりします！, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman Ōbu Kizuna no Chikara, Okari Shimasu!, 2017)
· ULTRAMAN GEED: THE MOVIE – CONNECT THE WISHES! (劇場版 ウルトラマンジード つなぐぜ! 願い!, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman Jīdo Tsunagu ze! Negai!!, 2018)
· 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, Gekijō-ban Urutoraman R/B Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru, 2019)
· ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE: NEW GENERATION CLIMAX
The postcards will be available while supplies last. They will be distributed randomly; attendees will not be able to choose the postcard design.
*The design for the ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE postcard depicts the poster before the release date was changed.
Advance tickets are now on sale Friday, December 20 at theaters nationwide, plus Ultraman events and official memorabilia shops. Customers have a few different options to choose from…
■ Limited Edition ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE Finger Puppet Ultra Dynamite Ver. Movie Ticket
Buyers of Parent-Child Pair or Child tickets will receive a free limited edition Ultraman Taiga Finger Puppet Ultra Dynamite Ver., one per ticket while supplies last.*
Parent-Child Pair: ¥2,200 (Approximately $20.73 US, Tax Included)
Child (3 Years and Over): ¥900 (Approximately $8.48 US, Tax Included)
■ ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE Movie Ticket Card
Ticket buyers will receive a free limited edition ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE card, while supplies last.*
General: ¥1,400 (Approximately $12.78 US, Tax Included)
■ Convenience Store ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE Movie Ticket Card
Lawson Ministop, 7-Eleven and Family Mart convenience stores are now selling ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE movie ticket cards.
Parent-Child Pair: ¥3,850 (Approximately $36.27 US, Tax Included)
General: ¥3,050 (Approximately $28.73 US, Tax Included)
Child: ¥2,550 (Approximately $24.02 US, Tax Included)
*Not sold at all movie theaters.
■ DX NEW GENERATION EYE
The DX New Generation Eye that can transform into Ultraman Reiga is on sale.
Quickly press the switch to activate Reiga’s transformation sound and dialogue. Press and hold the switch to activate dialogue and deadly attack sounds from Ultraman Taiga, Ultraman Reiga and Hiroyuki Kudo.
In addition, the DX New Generation Eye works in conjunction with the separately sold DX Taiga Spark to activate a special ray.
Price: ¥2,500 (Approximately $23.55 US, Plus Tax)
■ ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE GIF MAGAZINE Official Channel
An official ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE channel has been launched on “GIF MAGAZINE”, one of the largest GIF platforms in Japan. Tsuburaya are now delivering GIFs that introduce the New Generation Heroes and GIF stamps that can be used on LINE. They plan to release additional content in the future. Visit gifmagazine.net for details.
The GIF stamps are also distributed on the Jifumaga service where users can send them to each other for free. Further information can be found at gifmagazine.net/about/lineat.
Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday, August 7, 2020 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Hiroyuki Kudo: Yuki Inoue
Homare Souya: Ryotaro
Pirika Asahikawa: Ayuri Yoshinaga
Kirisaki: Kou Nanase
Kana Sasaki: Chiharu Niiyama
Katsumi Minato/Ultraman Rosso (Voice): Yuya Hirata
Isami Minato/Ultraman Blu (Voice): Ryosuke Koike
Riku Asakura/Ultraman Geed (Voice): Tatsuomi Hamada
Gai Kurenai/Ultraman Orb (Voice): Hideo Ishiguro
Daichi Ozora: Kensuke Takahashi
Shou/Ultraman Victory (Voice): Kiyotaka Uji
Hikaru Raido/Ultraman Ginga (Voice): Takuya Negishi
Ultraman Taiga (Voice): Takuma Terashima
Ultraman Titas (Voice): Satoshi Hino
Ultraman Fuma (Voice): Shota Hayama
Ultraman Tregear (Voice): Yuma Uchida
Ultrawoman Grigio (Voice): Arisa Sonohara
Ultraman Powered (Voice): Toshiyuki Morikawa
Ultraman Taro (Voice): Hiroya Ishimaru
Supervisor: Takayuki Tsukagoshi
Director: Ryuichi Ichino
VFX Director: Katsuro Onoe
Screenplay: Sotaro Hayashi, Takao Nakano
Chief Producer: Satoshi Kitaura
Producers: Kazuyuki Murayama, Masaru Okamoto
Cinematographer: Takeshi Arai
Lighting: Hiromichi Takeyama
Recording: Ichiro Hoshi
Ar Directort: Taro Kiba
Editor: Yosuke Yafune
Casting: Kazumasa Shimada
Action Coordinator: Daisuke Terai
VFX: Tomoaki Miwa
Music: Yuya Mori
Theme Song: “Dramatic” by Daisuke Ono
Production: “Ultraman Taiga” Film Partners
Distribution: Shochiku ODS Business Office
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 TAIGA, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- ULTRAMAN TAIGA — Press Notes and Large Photos For New TV Series From Tsuburaya Pro
- ULTRAMAN TAIGA Blu-ray Box I Japanese Release December 25
- ULTRAMAN TAIGA Blu-ray Box II Japanese Release February 2020
- ULTRAMAN TAIGA THE MOVIE Info and High-Res Photos From Tsuburaya Productions