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Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman (钢铁飞龙之奥特曼崛起 Gāng tiě fēi lóng zhī ào tè màn jué qǐ) is a crossover movie between the characters of BlueArc Studios' Dragon Force, and Ultraman. It is the sequel to Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman and the second outlawed "Ultraman" movie produced by BlueArc. The entire Dragon Force team, as well as several other assets, have been redesigned and/or revamped as well.

Synopsis

The crisis of Genesis Crystal is imminent, and Evan begins the crazy countdown to ruin the world. Ultraman needs to maximize his abilities in order to stop the Earth from being destroyed. He choses [sic] a little boy as his representative in the world and vanishes soon, leaving a magic cube to encourage him and hope it will help motivate his strong power. Everyone is trying every possible way to open up the magic cube. Dr. J even finds that the little boy's fart is the key to set up a series of laugh-out "fart-induced" experiments to try to figure out the secret.

Though with careful tutor [sic] from Dragon Force elite members and the help of Dr. J's technological weapons, the little boy seems the least possible one to save the Earth. The earth crisis may break out at any moment, Dragon Force is at the end of their resources and the so called "representative of Ultraman" seems like more vulnerable. Who on earth can solve the crisis?[1]

Reception

Netizens across the Internet, especially Chinese users who are aware of UMC's involvement in the production of the movie, have made negative comments on social media, even on BlueArc and the movie's official Weibo pages. Despite that, it grossed 10 million Chinese Yuan (USD $1,473,200) in the box office in just three days[2], going up to $1,695,159 in its opening weekend. In total, it had made a gross of $4,270,179[3] as of the 3rd of February 2019.

Contribution to Licensing Disputes

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Despite Tsuburaya having a court victory in 2018, Blue Arc insists that their rights to make these movies were legal and authorized by the Chinese government, and that they were going to produce 5 more sequels, with the next coming in 2020.

As shared by the Shanghai Character License Administrative (SCLA) on Weibo[4], Tsuburaya Productions will be taking legal actions against BlueArc for infringement, and released this notice on their website. In response, BlueArc also released this statement accusing Tsuburaya Productions of unlawful competition and harassment, once more citing the 1976 Agreement that had been, in 2018, ruled as invalid in the US court.

Cast

  • Ultraman (奥特曼 Ào Tè Màn): Yong Hou (侯勇 Hóu Yǒng)
  • Ferre (炽焰 Chì Yàn lit. Flames): Yunxi Luo (罗云熙 Luō Yún Xī)
  • Bluman (深蓝 Shēn Lán lit. Dark Blue): Zheming Qu (曲哲明 Qū Zhé Míng)
  • Maggie: Jingjing Qu (屈菁菁 Qū Jīng Jīng)
  • Bruno (铁拳 Tiě Quán lit. Tekken): Shaowen Hao (郝劭文 Hǎo Shào Wén)
  • Astro (小星 Xiǎo Xīng lit. Little Star): Wowkie Zhang (大张伟 Dà Zhāng Wěi)
  • Evan (伊特 Yī Tè): Duo Wang (汪铎 Wāng Duó)
  • Lele (乐乐 Lè lè)

Theme Song

  • TBA

Sequel Series

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"Lightening cool design of robots and weapons, vivid 3D and eye-popping setting of the high-tech future world. The conflict between human beings and aliens. Learn to teamwork with others and achieve personal growth. Dragon Force, as the elite army who is responsible for maintaining peace on the earth and resisting external aggression, received a serious task recently. A farm in the Speed City designed to detain various alien criminals was accidentally hit by a giant meteorite shower and they have escaped without a trace. As the innocent people are at risk of being injured by the alien criminals, Dragon Force shouldered the responsibility of catching the fleeing alien fugitives."

―Official description

A sequel series to both this movie and the original Dragon Force series, titled Dragon Force 2: Power of Ultraman (钢铁飞龙2之奥特曼力量 Gāng tiě fēi lóng 2 zhī ào tè màn lì liàng) started airing on 21 November 2018 in China, and ran for 26 episodes. It features Ultraman, now having regained his powers, fighting alongside the Dragon Force team against aliens, who were previously captured by Ultraman, that have escaped a farm prison as after a meteor shower hits it. Ultraman provides the team with all new mechas, and he himself has new powers, such as a sword and shield and an updated finisher ray.[5] New toys are also being produced for the series.

The show also notably took cues from other popular shows. One such example is one of their monsters bearing a heavy resemblance to Sully from Monsters, Inc.. The Dragon Force's combined robot's finishing move is also charged up in the exact same way as Ultraman Orb's Orb Supreme Calibur.

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Shows and Films
Showa Series Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Ultraman 80
Heisei Series Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos | Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy | Ultraman Nexus | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius | Ultraseven X | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey | Ultraman Retsuden | Neo Ultra Q | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman R/B | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle
Reiwa Series Ultraman Taiga
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero
Original Video and TV Special Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultraseven | Ultraman Neos | Ultraman Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultra Zone
Showa Movies Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story
Heisei Movies Ultra Q The Movie | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2 | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2 | Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga: Theater Special | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special: Battle Royal | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie | Ultraman X The Movie | Ultraman Orb The Movie | Ultraman Geed The Movie | Ultraman R/B The Movie
Reiwa Movies Shin Ultraman
Spin-offs Ultraman Tiga Gaiden: Revival of the Ancient Giant | Ultraman Dyna: The Return of Hanejiro | Ultraman Gaia: Gaia Again | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Hikari Saga | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Armored Darkness | Ultraman Mebius Gaiden: Ghost Rebirth | Ultra Galaxy Legend Gaiden: Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Ultraman Zero Gaiden: Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes
Other Series Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Emergency Directive 10-4·10-10 | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur War Aizenborg | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Denkou Choujin Gridman | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Mirror Fight 2012
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019)
Outlaw Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman
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