Shin Ultraman (2022)
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Have you become so fond of humans, Ultraman? (そんなに人間が好きになったのか、ウルトラマン。)
— Early tagline
Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン is a Shin Urutoraman)Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film directed by Shinji Higuchi and written by Hideaki Anno, with VFX supervised by Atsuki Sato and directed by Satoru Sasaki. Presented by Tsuburaya Productions, Toho, and khara, Inc. and produced by TOHO Studios and Cine Bazar,[note 1] it serves as a successor to Higuchi and Anno's previous tokusatsu endeavor Shin Godzilla, as well as a loose film adaptation of the 1966 series Ultraman. It was released to Japanese theaters by Toho on May 13, 2022 and had its United States premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival that July 23.
Description[edit | edit source]
The existence of Kaiju, giant unidentified lifeforms, has become commonplace in Japan. Designated as “S-Class Species” 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 and gathered specialists to form an enforcement unit, known as the SSSP, to combat the evil beasts.
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Development[edit | edit source]
On August 1, 2019, Tsuburaya Productions announced that an Ultraman film helmed by Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno was in the works, produced in association with Toho and khara and set for a 2021 release. Anno had already completed the first draft of the script on February 5. The film will star Takumi Saito, Masami Nagasawa, and Hidetoshi Nishijima. A later report from Japanese news outlet Natalie, which featured comments from Higuchi, Saito, Nagasawa, Nishijima, Tsuburaya chairman Takayuki Tsukagoshi, and Toho president Minami Ichikawa, revealed Saito's role as Ultraman's human host, with Nagasawa playing his partner. In his statement, Higuchi remarked that "A baton has been entrusted to me that has been shining ever since I was a small child. I will solemnly strive to fulfill my responsibility to pass on that heavy, radiant baton created by my seniors." On September 25, ten additional cast members were revealed, including names such as Daiki Arioka, Akari Hayami, and Tetsushi Tanaka.
Production[edit | edit source]
A casting call for the film was posted on August 20, 2019, with filming set to begin sometime in the fall. Shinji Higuchi made a surprise appearance at the 2nd Atami Kaiju Film Festival on November 23, announcing that shooting of the film had concluded.
Marketing[edit | edit source]
Ultraman's design was revealed during the opening ceremony of Tsuburaya Convention 2019 on December 13. Though largely identical to the character's traditional look, it removed his Color Timer, reflecting Tohl Narita's original concept. On November 2, 2020, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi showed off a new, much larger Ultraman statue outside the Sukagawa Archive Center, and confirmed a early summer release for the film. A teaser trailer was released on January 28, 2021, featuring first looks at veteran kaiju Neronga and Gabora.
On March 26, Tsuburaya, Toho, and khara announced the film's release would be postponed from the summer of 2021 to an unspecified later date, citing "delays in the production schedule caused by COVID-19." During Tsuburaya Convention 2021, Shin Ultraman's release date was revealed to be May 13, 2022. Additionally, a short teaser of Ultraman using his Specium Beam was unveiled. On March 16, 2022, a key poster and promotional banner were revealed. A third teaser trailer was released on April 15, with a longer preview playing exclusively in movie theaters and at the Hideaki Anno Exhibition at the Abeno Harukas Art Museum in Osaka. The aforementioned extended trailer would later be released online on April 17.
A "special video" was released on April 22, featuring short behind-the-scenes clips as well as comments from select staff and cast members.
Staff[edit | edit source]
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Shinji Higuchi
- Associate director Katsuro Onoue
- Deputy director Ikki Todoroki
- Assistant director Masayuki
- Written and organized by Hideaki Anno
- Executive producers Hidetoshi Yamamoto, Takayuki Tsukakoshi, Minami Ichikawa, Hideaki Anno
- Co-executive producers Hiroyasu Matsuoka, Tomoyuki Ogata, Masayuki Nagatake
- Assistant executive producers Hisashi Usui, Kei Kurosawa
- Produced by Hideaki Anno, Kazutoshi Wadakura, Takehiko Aoki, Tomoya Nishino, Masaki Kawashima
- Associate producer Akihiro Yamauchi
- Music by Kunio Miyauchi, Shiro Sagisu
- Theme song "M87" written, performed, composed, and arranged by Kenshi Yonezu
- Cinematography by Osamu Ichikawa, Keizo Suzuki
- Edited by Yohei Kurihara, Hideaki Anno
- Production design by Yuji Hayashida, Eri Sakushima
- 1st assistant director Gonsho Nakayama
- VFX supervisor Atsuki Sato
- VFX director Satoru Sasaki
Cast[edit | edit source]
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
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Ultras[edit | edit source]
Monsters[edit | edit source]
Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Shin Ultraman/Gallery.
Soundtrack[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Shin Ultraman/Soundtrack.
Alternate titles[edit | edit source]
- Shin Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Film (シン・ウルトラマン空想特撮映画Japanese title) Shin Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Eiga, full
Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]
- Japan - May 13, 2022
- Switzerland - July 2, 2022 (Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival)
- Canada - July 21, 2022 (Fantasia Festival)
- United States - July 23, 2022 (New York Asian Film Festival); January 11, 2023
- Singapore - September 3, 2022 (Odex Film Festival)
- United Arab Emirates - September 15, 2022
- Taiwan - September 16, 2022
- Thailand - September 22, 2022 (Paragon Cineplex)
- India - September 23, 2022
- Malaysia - October 6, 2022
- Hong Kong - October 13, 2022
On August 5, 2022, Tsuburaya Productions announced plans to release the films in "37 countries and regions in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa," as well as North America, South America, and Europe.
U.S. release[edit | edit source]
Shin Ultraman premiered in the United States at the New York Asian Film Festival on July 23, 2022. A screening in Hawaii followed on November 13 as part of the 42nd Hawaii International Film Festival.
The film will be brought to theaters nationwide by Fathom Events on January 11 and 12, 2023.
Box office[edit | edit source]
Shin Ultraman debuted #1 at the Japanese box office, grossing ¥730 million in its opening weekend with a three-day total of ¥993 million. By its third day of release, it had become the highest-grossing Ultraman film, surpassing Superior 8 Ultraman Brothers. The film had grossed ¥4.38 billion by the end of its theatrical release in Japan.
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Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
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- Shin Ultraman marks the first Ultra Series film to be produced by Toho; the company previously provided theatrical distribution for a number of TV episodes and compilation movies of the Ultra Series.
- Hideaki Anno is a longtime fan of the Ultraman franchise, and previously directed and starred in a 1983 parody of Tsuburaya Productions' Return of Ultraman. Shinji Higuchi first met Anno at a screening of his film.
- The film's first tagline was spoken by Zoffy in the final episode of Ultraman.
- Models of FAB 1, Fireflash, the Mole, and Thunderbird 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 from the TV series Thunderbirds, in addition to a number of smaller models depicting the other Pod Vehicles from it, appear in the background of a shot of Daiki Arioka's character. The show influenced Ultraseven and subsequent entries in the Ultra Series.
- The CG model of Gomess is a modified version of Godzilla's model in Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno's previous film Shin Godzilla. This is a reference to how Gomess was originally portrayed by a modified Godzilla suit in episode 1 of Ultra Q.
- The designs for Pagos, Neronga, and Gabora all share traits, referencing the use of the original 1965 Baragon suit to portray them in Ultra Q and Ultraman.
- As was the case with Shin Godzilla, Shin Ultraman features an original score composed by Hideaki Anno's frequent collaborator Shiro Sagisu. Much like how Shin Godzilla featured extensive stock music from past Godzilla films composed by the late Akira Ifukube, who was credited as co-composer on the score, Shin Ultraman includes much of the late Kunio Miyauchi's score for the original Ultraman series. Miyauchi is even credited as the film's composer in front of Sagisu.
- The book Shin Ultraman Design Works states that, while the "worldviews" of Shin Godzilla and Shin Ultraman "may be somehow connected," copyright considerations prevented Shin Ultraman from being explicitly billed as a sequel. Some connections are still present in the film, however, such as an unnamed government official portrayed by Yutaka Takanouchi (Hideki Akasaka in Shin Godzilla), the use of the term "Giant Unidentified Lifeform" to describe the monsters, and the fictitious MOPII bombs dropped by a Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit. Still, the numbering of the monsters would seem to contradict Godzilla actually existing in the universe of Shin Ultraman.
- The title sequence for Shin Ultraman also incorporates Shin Godzilla, with the title of the former exploding out of the title for the latter. This references the title sequence for the original Ultraman.
- The shots of M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems firing reuse footage from Shin Godzilla, although the scenery around the vehicles was altered.
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- Official site
- Twitter account
- Shin Ultraman on Ultraman Wiki
- Shin Ultraman on Japanese Wikipedia
- Kai-Group products
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The film was originally announced to be a co-production between Toho Pictures and Cine Bazar. Toho Pictures merged with another subsidiary of Toho to form TOHO Studios on December 1 of 2020, by which point filming had already been completed. The film's end credits nonetheless list TOHO Pictures retroactively as producer, though the classic "A Toho Pictures production" logo appears at the beginning.
References[edit | edit source]
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Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Toho Stella, ed. (13 May 2022). Shin Ultraman (theater program). Toho.
- Anno, Hideaki (13 May 2022). Shin Ultraman Design Works. khara. ISBN 978-4-905033-28-8.