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    SHIN ULTRAMAN Photo Gallery From Toho

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee

    Official Site: https://shin-ultraman.jp (Japan)
     

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Toho and Tsuburaya Productions have provided high quality photos and information on their highly-anticipated new SHIN ULTRAMAN (シン・ウルトラマン, Shin Urutoraman). The movie is an adaption of the original ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン 空想特撮シリーズ, Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Shirīzu, 1966-67) television series. Heading the creative team are writer/producer Hideaki Anno (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION) and director Shinji Higuchi (Gamera Trilogy, ATTACK ON TITAN), the co-directors of the award-winning box office smash SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira, 2016).
     

    SHIN ULTRAMAN opens in Japanese theaters on May 13th.

     

    Shinji Kaminaga (Takumi Saitoh). Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee

    STORY

    The existence of Kaiju, giant unidentified lifeforms, has become commonplace in Japan. Designated as “S-Class Species” (禍威獣, Wazawai i-jū) by the Japanese Government, these creatures have proven impervious to conventional weapons. Having exhausted all other options, the government issued the S-Class Species Suppression Protocol (禍威獣特設対策室, Wazawai i-jū Tokusetsu Taisaku-shitsu) and gathered specialists to form an enforcement unit, known as the SSSP (禍特対 [カトクタイ], Wazawai Toku Tai [Katokutai] ), to combat the evil beasts.

    The members chosen for the unit are Team Leader Fumio Tamura (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima), Executive Strategy Officer Shinji Kaminaga (Takumi Saitoh), Unparticle Physicist Akihisa Taki (Daiki Arioka), and Universal Biologist Yume Funaberi (Akari Hayami). 

    As the threat of the S-Class Species worsens, a silver giant suddenly appears from beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

    Analyst Hiroko Asami (played by Masami Nagasawa) is newly appointed to the SSSP to deal with this giant and is partnered with Shinji Kaminaga.

    In Hiroko’s report, she writes…

    “Ultraman (tentative name), identity unknown”.

    Hiroko Asami (Masami Nagasawa). Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee

    Cast
    Shinji Kaminaga: Takumi Saitoh
    Hiroko Asami: Masami Nagasawa
    Akihisa Taki: Daiki Arioka
    Yume Funaberi: Akari Hayami
    Tetsushi Tanaka
    Fumio Tamura: Hidetoshi Nishijima
    Koji Yamamoto
    Ryo Iwamatsu
    Kyusaku Shimada
    Toru Masuoka
    Keishi Nagatsuka
    Hajime Yamazaki
    Soko (Toshihiro) Wada
    Alien Zarab (Voice): Kenjiro Tsuda

    Staff
    Planning / Screenplay / Producer: Hideaki Anno
    Director: Shinji Higuchi
    Associate Director: Katsuro Onoue
    Deputy Director: Ikki Todoroki
    Assistant Director: Masayuki
    Music: Shiro Sagisu
    Theme Song: “M87” (M八七) by Kenshi Yonezu

    Production: "Shin Ultraman" Production Committee (Toho Co., Ltd.; Cine Bazar; Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.; khara, Inc.)

    Release Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 (Japan)*
    Distributor: Toho (Japan)
    Release Information: Roadshow at Toho Cinemas across Japan

    *Release plans outside Japan are yet to be announced

    © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee ©Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.

    SSSP Leader Fumio Tamura (Hidetoshi Nishijima). Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee

    Neronga. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee

    Akihisa Taki (Daiki Arioka). Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee

    Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee

    Ultraman arrives on Earth. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2021 Shin Ultraman Production Committee

     


    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 Toho

    Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, it remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan. To learn more, visit toho.co.jp/en.

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