"Have you become so fond of humans, Ultraman?"
- ―Movie tagline
"Fantasy and romance. And, friendship."
- ―Movie tagline
Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン Shin Urutoraman) is an upcoming movie co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Toho Company and Khara inc. It is stated to be a movie adaptation of the original Ultraman series.
At the Tsuburaya Convention Special Program on 13 December 2021, the final release date was announced to be set on 13 May, 2022.
The movie will be written and produced by Hideaki Anno, who is most well known for his work on the Evangelion franchise and more recently, Shin Godzilla. Anno will be fully attached to the project after completing his work on Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. Anno's long time partner and colleague Shinji Higuchi, who also directed Shin Godzilla, will be the movie's director.
The first draft of the script was reportedly completed on Feburary 5th, 2019.
Takumi Saito was cast as the film's main character who becomes Ultraman, and Masami Nagasawa has been cast as his partner.
On November 23, 2019, Director Shinji Higuchi announced at the 2nd Atami Kaiju Film Festival that filming for the movie has already been completed.
Ultraman's new design and the movie's title card were revealed at Tsuburaya Convention 2019. Being based on Tohl Narita's painting Incarnation of Truth, Justice, and Beauty, the design noticeably lacks the Color Timer, and is also missing the "dorsal fin" on the back which would normally be used to conceal the zipper the suit actor uses to enter the suit. The black dots on the eyes, which are the suit's eye holes, are also absent from the redesign.
On November 3, 2020, a 2-meter tall statue of Ultraman was unveiled at the opening ceremony of the Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archive center in Fukushima, which was Eiji Tsuburaya's hometown. Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi and Katsuro Onoue were present for the event. They also announced the release date to be in early summer, 2021.
The film was postponed in March 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic from its original Summer 2021 release.
A new trailer and release date were revealed at the Tsuburaya Convention Special Program held on 13 December 2021, where director Shinji Higuchi and cast member Takumi Saito made guest appearances. Higuchi also revealed that the production of the movie was also incomplete, which was another main contributor to its delaying from the initial premiere date.
A red carpet event was held on 9 May 2022, featuring the main cast and director Shinji Higuchi walking down the Shin Ultra Red Carpet (シン•ウルトラレッドカーペット Shin Urutora Reddo Kāpetto), a 60m long red carpet the height of Ultraman in the movie.
The continued appearance of giant unidentified lifeforms known as "S-Class Species" has become commonplace in Japan.
Conventional weapons have no effect on them. Having exhausted all other options, the Japanese Government issued the S-Class Species Suppression Protocol and formed an enforcement unit, known as the SSSP.
The members chosen for the unit are: Leader Fumio Tamura, Executive Strategist Shinji Kaminaga, Unparticle Physicist Taki Akihisa, and Universal Biologist Yume Funaberi.
As the threat of S-Class Species worsens, a silver giant appears from beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
Analyst Hiroko Asami is newly appointed to the SSSP to deal with this giant and is partnered with Shinji Kaminaga.
In Hiroko's report, she writes...
- Shinji Kaminaga
- Hiroko Asami
- Akihisa Taki
- Yumi Funaberi
- Fumio Tamura
- Shinji Kaminaga (神永新二 Kaminaga Shinji): Takumi Saito
- Hiroko Asami (浅見弘子 Asami Hiroko): Masami Nagasawa
- Akihisa Taki (滝明久 Taki Akihisa): Daiki Arioka
- Yumi Funaberi (船縁由美 Funaberi Yumi): Akari Hayami
- Fumio Tamura (田村君男 Tamura Fumio): Hidetoshi Nishijima
- Tetsuji Tanaka
- Koji Yamamoto
- Ryo Iwamatsu
- Keishi Nagatsuka
- Kyusaku Shimada
- Toru Masuoka
- Hajime Yamazaki
- Soko Wada
- Producer/Writer: Hideaki Anno
- Director: Shinji Higuchi
- Associate Director: Katsuro Onoue
- Music: Shiro Sagisu
Shin Ultra Fight
Shin Ultra Fight (シン・ウルトラファイト Shin Urutora Faito), a three episode miniseries each lasting three minutes, will be available to Japanese moviegoers via TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION. The online codes required for viewing are distributed through movie tickets. The first two episodes will be available on May 14, 2022 while the third episode will be made available on the 30th.
- Shin Ultraman is not Anno's first project relating to the Ultraman Series; in fact, one of the first productions by what would eventually become Gainax (Anno's production studio), then called Daicon, was Return of Ultraman, a short fan-made film produced in 1983.
- The movie's tagline is taken from a line of dialogue spoken by Zoffy to Ultraman in the final episode of the original series.
- Models of FAB 1 and Thunderbird 2 from Thunderbirds appear in the background of a shot of Daiki Arioka's character. The show influenced Ultraseven and subsequent entries in the Ultraman Series.
- Instead of using the word 怪獣 for Kaiju or even referring to them as such, the term used in the movie is, specifically, "S-Class Species" (超自然発生巨大不明生物
禍 威 獣Chō Shizen Hassei Kyodai Fumei Seibutsu - Kaijū lit. Supernatural-Occurring Giant Unknown Creatures - Disastrous Monsters). Likewise, the defense team uses the same acronym as its original counterpart, the words forming it are different, being 禍威獣特設対策室 (Kaijū Tokusetsu Taisaku-Shitsu ) instead. It is also shortened to "SSSP" ( 禍 特 対Katokutai), read exactly the same as its template. Similarly, the term used to refer to aliens is "Extraterrestrial" (外星人 Gaiseijin) instead of "Alien" (異星人/宇宙人 Iseijin/Uchūjin).