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    Tsuburaya Announces Ultraseven 55th Anniversary 4K Special Screenings In Japanese Cinemas


    Tsuburaya brings select 4K episodes of ULTRASEVEN to Japanese theaters this October. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions
    Official Site: (Japan)

    Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced that five select episodes of the original ULTRASEVEN (ウルトラセブン, Urutorasebun, 1967-68) televsion series will be screened in 4K at sixteen theaters across Japan from Saturday, October 1st through Thursday, October 13th, 2022. The screenings will kick-off the year-long Ultraseven 55th Anniversary Project (ウルトラセブン55周年, Urutorasebun 55-Shūnen) celebration and mark the first time that ULTRASEVEN will be shown in 4K cinemas.


    Ultraseven 55th Anniversary 4K Special Screening Information


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    Episode 7: SPACE PRISONER 303 (宇宙囚人303, Uchū Shūjin 303)
    Director: Toshitsugu Suzuki
    Screenplay: Tetsuo Kinjo
    Special Effects: Toru Matoba        
    Featuring: Fire Phantom Alien Quraso

    A hunting trip is interrupted when the hunters find a miniature spaceship, only for its violent pilot to kill them in quick succession. At about the same time, in space, the TDF’s Space Station V3 receives transmissions from some alien source. Contacting the Ultra Guard, who are also receiving the messages, V3’s captain and Captain Kiriyama try to understand the source, which is revealed to be a warning concerning a violent interstellar criminal known as 303: the very alien now on Earth.



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    Episode 26: SUPER WEAPON R1 (超兵器R1号, Chō Heiki R 1-gō)

    Director: Toshitsugu Suzuki
    Screenplay: Bunzo Wakatsuki
    Special Effects: Toru Matoba
    Featuring: Regeneration Monster Star Bem Gyeron

    The Ultra Guard extols the virtue of the weapon, the R1, which is capable of producing the force of 8000 hydrogen bombs, but Dan is chilled at the destructive power, believing it to be an impediment to permanent peace in the universe. Its creator chooses the planet Gyeron, far away and seemingly uninhabited, for a test. But a being from the planet, Gyeron, mutated to a monster and races toward Earth, proving that incorrect.






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    Episode 37: THE STOLEN ULTRA EYE (盗まれたウルトラ・アイ,  Nusuma Reta Urutora Ai)
    Director: Toshitsugu Suzuki
    Screenplay: Morikazu Ichikawa
    Special Technique: Koichi Takano
    Featuring:  Alien Magellan

    A young woman connected to a strange UFO, temporarily blinds Dan and steals his Ultra Eye while he is out on patrol. She then sends a signal out into space, asking for pickup from the Magellan Nebula. Back at headquarters, they learn that the Magellans have already launched an interplanetary missile at the Earth, and are abandoning their agent. Dan’s only recourse is to find the Ultra Eye before it’s too late as the Ultra Hawks find their weaponry ineffective against the missile.


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    Episode 48 : THE BIGGEST INVASION IN HISTORY (Part 1) (史上最大の侵略 前編, Shijō Saidai no Shinryaku  Zenpen)
    Director: Kazuho Mitsuta
    Screenplay: Tetsuo Kinjo
    Special Effects: Koichi Takano
    Featuring: Twin-Head Monster Pandon

    Dan is sick. After passing out, he is confronted by Ultraseven’s superior who reveals he can no longer absorb solar energy. The superior demands that he return to the Land of Light to recover, but Dan refuses, not wanting to leave the Earth he loves undefended on the cusp of a full-scale invasion. His superior relents, but just before Dan awakes, gives a warning: do not transform again, lest he burn through his remaining energy and be unable to return. Later, the insidious Ghose release an enormous monster on Earth, the Ghose’ greatest weapon: Pandon.





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    Episode 49: THE BIGGEST INVASION IN HISTORY (Part 2) (史上最大の侵略 後編, Shijō Saidai no Shinryaku  Kōhen)
    Director: Kazuho Mitsuta
    Screenplay: Tetsuo Kinjo
    Special Effects: Koichi Takano
    Featuring: Twin-Head Monster Re-Pandon

    After collapsing, Dan’s seizing body is brought to the med bay. The Ghose retrieve Pandon and begin repairing with robotic parts to replace its lost limbs. Using Amagi as a hostage and to speak to humanity, the Ghose outline their demands: all humans are to surrender unconditionally and be moved to the Ghose colony of Mars. If there is any resistance, the Ghose will detonate their drill bombs to destroy all of Earth’s major cities.


    Schedule (Planned)
    Saturday, October 1, 2022 to Thursday, October 13, 2022
    Screening Theaters (Planned) *
    Tokyo: TOHO Cinemas Hibiya, TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku, TOHO Cinemas Ikebukuro, 109 Cinemas Futako-tamagawa, TOHO Cinemas Kinshicho
    Kanagawa: Yokohama Burg 13, Kawasaki Cinecitta
    Miyagi: TOHO Cinemas Sendai Aichi: 109 Cinemas Nagoya
    Osaka: TOHO Cinemas Umeda, TOHO Cinemas Namba
    Kyoto: TOHO Cinemas Nijo
    Hyogo: OS cinemas M-INT KOBE
    Hiroshima: Hiroshima Wald 11
    Fukuoka: T-Joy Hakata
    Sapporo: Sapporo Cinema Frontier
    * All 16 sites will be screened in 4K.
    Screening with Talk Event
    Plans are in the works for a "screening with a talk event" with a special guest on the first day of 4K screenings (October 1). Once the details are confirmed, there will be an official announcement on the Tsuburaya Productions official website.


    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.

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