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    ULTRAFEST: News and Schedule For San Francisco Ultraman Film Festival July 21-23!

     Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

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    Celebrate 3 days of Ultraman movies, exclusives, and special guests! Image courtesy of Bay Area Film Events. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    Bay Area Film Events, CinemaSF and SciFi Japan are pleased to present ULTRAFEST, a 3-day Ultraman film festival coming to the 4-Star Theater in San Francisco the weekend of July 21-23.  Authorized by Tsuburaya Productions, Starlight Runner and The Licensing Group, the event will include screenings of Ultraman movies and episodes, special guests, merchandise dealers, an art gallery and more!


    • Special screening of the all-new SHIN ULTRAMAN Saturday night! SHIN ULTRAMAN posters for all who attend.

    • West Coast Premiere of special 4K restorations of episodes from the original 1966 ULTRAMAN Series!

    • Special matinee of the Tsuburaya/Hanna-Barbera co-produced animated movie ULTRAMAN THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!

    • Plus more ULTRAMAN Movies and TV Episodes!

    • Win ULTRAMAN Blu-rays and DVDs courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment! Over 100 winners throughout the weekend!

    • Win Blu-rays of SHIN ULTRAMAN!

    • Exclusive Alien Baltan collectors card to all attendees (while supplies last) courtesy of RR Parks Cards! Art by Gaz Gretsky. Only available at the show.

    • Ultraman toy and art vendors!

    • Daily Giveaways and additional exclusives!

    • Special Guest! Dore Kraus, Jack Shindo from ULTRAMAN TOWARDS THE FUTURE!

     Special Guest! Dore Kraus, Jack Shindo from ULTRAMAN TOWARDS THE FUTURE! ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS



    July 21-23, 2003

    4-Star Theater
    2200 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121


    UltraFest - Full Festival Pass $60.00 This gets you into every film the fest across all dates. You can enter and leave throughout the day! Order Here.

    UltraFest - Saturday Pass $40.00 This gets you into every film screening on Saturday, Juky 22. You can leave and return throughout the day! Order Here.

    UltraFest - Sunday Pass $40.00 This gets you into every film screening on Sunday, July 23. You can leave and return throughout the day! Order Here. 

     Photo courtesy of Shochiku. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS


    Friday, July 21

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    ULTRAMAN 1966 4K Restoration (2023)

    7:00 PM (80 minutes, English subtitles)
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    Classic episodes of the original 1966 ULTRAMAN brought to the big screen on the west coast for the first time!

    All episodes are remstered in 4K and literally pop off the screen! Featuring introductions by many of the people who brought the series to life.

    If you are a fan of Ultraman, you will NOT want to miss this presentation of the series that launched it all!


    Shown with two early episodes!

    ULTRA Q - Episode 1: Defeat Gomess! (Gomess and Litra)    

    ULTRAMAN - Episode 16: Science Patrol Into Space (Alien Baltan)





    Saturday, July 22



    11:00 AM (78 minutes, English audio)

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    Detecting that an asteroid containing four Sorkin monsters  has crashed on Earth and thrreatens to destroy the planet, the Ultra Force, an intergalactic police unit from planet M-78 is dispatched to protect the planet. Ultra Force merges into the bodies of three Air Force pilots and transforms them into super-powered "Ultra" beings.

    This is a fantastic co=production of Hanna-Barbera and Tsuburaya Productions which combines Ultraman action and American-style adventure.


    Shown with classic episode!

     ULTRASEVEN - Episode 3: Secret of the Lake (Eleking and Miclas)









    2:00 PM (90 minutes)
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    The first of two compilation films for ULTRAMAN GREAT (aka ULTRAMAN: TOWARDS THE FUTURE).
    Jack Shindo (played by Dore Kraus) is an astronaut doing research on the planet Mars. On a routine mission to survey the desolate landscape, he discovers mankind's greatest threat, Gudis, whose monsters have been ordered to kill all life on Earth. Jack must work with the mysterious colossal alien Ultraman and the Universal Multipurpose Agency to save humanity from extinction!
    Dore Kraus Interview before screening!


    Shown with classic episode!

    RETURN OF ULTRAMAN - Episode 18: Here Comes Ultraseven! (Bemstar and Ultraseven)




    5:00 PM (97 minutes, English subtitles)
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    The first “Ultraman” was introduced to the world in 1966. Young Daigo, Asuka, and Gamu are filled with hopes and dreams as they watch the episodes on television each week. They never forget about “him” as they continue living their own ordinary lives. One day, Daigo has a vision of a battle between a monster and the Ultraman Brothers. Strangely, the four heroes were Daigo’s friends Hayata, Dan, Go, and Hokuto. The vision is so real that Daigo tells his buddies Asuka and Gamu, who do not believe him at all. Daigo is convinced that it was just a dream. Or was it?


    Just a few days later, Daigo wanders into a strange parallel world resembling the real world. There, he witnesses Ultraman Mebius fighting Monster Gesura. Daigo recalls Gesura’s weakness from the television programs he had seen in the past, and quickly advises Ultraman Mebius to help defeat the monster. Ultraman Mebius turns back to Mirai and thanks Daigo for his help. When Daigo returns to the real world, Mirai follows him. Mirai‘s mission is to find and awaken the seven brave heroes to protect the world from invading aliens.


    Shown with classic episode!

    ULTRAMAN ACE - Episode 13: Death Penalty! 5 Ultra Brothers (Ace Killer and Ultra Bros) Pt 1



    SHIN ULTRAMAN (2022)

    8:00 PM (118 minutes, English subtitles)
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    There’s never a dull day on Japan's newly established SSSP Kaiju defense taskforce, led by Kimio Tamura, played by DRIVE MY CAR’s Hidetoshi Nishijima. After a particularly challenging encounter, a silver giant descends from the sky to rescue the planet. Dubbed Ultraman, this giant’s identity and purpose are a mystery.
    SHIN ULTRAMAN is a delightful reimagining of one of Japan’s classic superheroes, full of cosmic twists, charismatic villains, and giant Kaiju. The film was produced and written by Hideaki Anno, a self-described Ultraman fan, and directed by Shinji Higuchi who, beginning with NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, has worked with Anno to bring a number of famous titles into the world, including SHIN GODZILLA and SHIN KAMEN RIDER. The duo are also joined by top-notch Japanese film stars to bring to the big screen a modern update on classic Ultraman stories and monsters!

    SHIN ULTRAMAN posters for all who attend!


    Shown with classic episode!

    ULTRAMAN ACE - Episode 14: 5 Stars Scattered in the Galaxy (Ace Killer and Ultra Bros) Pt 2



    Sunday, July 23



    11:00 AM (73 minutes, English dub)

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    When realty TV host Carlos Kurozaki breaks into a mysterious underground pyramid for a television event, he removes a special gem and unwittingly releases a diabolical monster called Zaigorg! The evil creature wants Kurozaki's gem, so it spawns an army of giant kaijus to get it!

    It's up to the famous superheroes Ultraman X, Ultraman Tiga, and the one and only original Ultraman to stop the worldwide monster war!


    Shown with classic episode!

    ULTRAMAN TARO - Episode 39: The Ultraman Father-and-Son’s Grand Mochi Making Plan (Mochiron)







    2:00 PM (96 minutes, English subtitles)

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    Somewhere three million light years from the Earth, lies the Planet of M-78, also known as “Land of Light”. This is where the Ultraman family lives in peace. The peace is broken when one of the ambitious family members, Ultraman Belial who has been imprisoned by Ultraman King for turning evil breaks the prison. Possessing the forbidden and all-mighty item called “Giga Battlenizer”, Belial runs rampant, knocking down one Ultraman after another who tries to stop him. Eventually, Belial fights his way to the land’s eco-energy storage center and snatches the energy away, leaving the whole land in darkness…

    As a last resort, Ultraman Mebius and the rookie Ultraman Zero, turns for help to the mysterious young man called Rei who controls over one hundred monsters to challenge Belial and his troops of monsters. Will the trio be able to save the Light of Land and the Universe from the powerful claws of Belial?


    Shown with classic episode!

    ULTRAMAN LEO - Episode 30: Monster’s Return of Favor (Alien Magma and Rolan) 





    5:00 PM (72 minutes, English subtitles)

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    A mysterious item is delivered to paranormal investigators SSP (Something Search People). SSP members Naomi, Jetta and Shin determine that it is a transformation device… the X Devizer that housed Ultraman X both during and after his merging with Xio agent Daichi Oozora (Kensuke Takahashi).

    Gai Kurenai (Hideo Ishiguro), the human form of Ultraman Orb returns from his wanderings to search for X … unaware that this is just the first sign of a new threat to the Earth. The villainous space witch Murnau has allied with Ultraman Orb’s arch enemy Jugglus Juggler to use the Dark Ring she now possesses.



     Photo courtesy of Bay Area Film Events. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

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    Bay Area Film Events brings shows, events and film festivals to theaters throughout the Bay Area and Northern California... from Godzilla to The Beatles, Bond to The Three Stooges, music to comedy, BAFE presents films, bands, guests and more.    

    Bay Area Film Events has welcomed Richard Kiel, Judith O'Dea, Julie Adams, Ben Chapman, Russ Tamblyn, Marta Kristen and even stars from Japan like Hiroshi Koizumi, Akira Kubo, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Shinichi Wakasa and Hiroshi Maruyama.    

    Venues we've worked with include The Castro Theatre, Auctions by the Bay, The Grand Lake, The Historic Bal Theatre, The Del Mar, The Crest, The Cerrito and AT&T Park in conjunction with the San Francisco Giants.    

    As we continue to plan new and innovative shows, we invite fans along for the ride. Come out and enjoy films in theaters, the way they were meant to be seen and make new memories with us!

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