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    ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES Premium Theater 2: ULTRA Q: GARAMON STRIKES BACK Event and Merchandise Announced

    ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES presents a special night devoted to ULTRA Q Episodes 16: GARAMON STRIKES BACK. Photos courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/ultraman-archives (Japan) Special Thanks to Saori Izumi

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    Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has announced the second ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES Premium Theater Screening & Special Talk will focus on ULTRA Q Episodes 16: GARAMON STRIKES BACK (???????, Garamon no Gyakush?). Tsuburaya launched the ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES (????????????) Project in October 2018 as a way to generate a deeper appreciation of the 50 year heritage of the Ultraman Series, both for longtime fans and those unfamiliar with the franchise.

    FX filmmakers Katsuro Onoe and Toshio Miike will take part in a live discussion. Photos courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions.

    The centerpiece of Premium Theater 2 will be a live event at the Aeon Cinema Itabashi, Tokyo, on Saturday, February 16 starring guests Katsuro Onoe and Toshio Miike. Katsuro Onoe started his filmmaking career as art director on the cult hit BURST CITY (????, Bakuretsu Toshi, 1982) and worked his way up to becoming special effects director for several high-profile films and television shows. His credits include SAMURAI COMMANDO: MISSION 1549 (?????1549, Sengoku Jieitai 1549, 2005), SINKING OF JAPAN (????, Nihon Chinbotsu, 2006), MONKEY MAGIC (???, Saiy?ki, 2007), HIDDEN FORTRESS: THE LAST PRINCESS (???????/The Last Princess, Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin/The Last Princess, 2008), THE FLOATING CASTLE (?????, Nobo no Shiro, 2012), the live-action ATTACK ON TITAN (?????, Shingeki no Kyojin, 2015) movies, SHIN GODZILLA (??????, Shin Gojira, 2016) and IDATEN: TOKYO OLYMPICS STORY (?????????? ???????????, Taigadorama: Ida ten ~T?ky? Orimupikku Hanashi~, 2019). Toshio Miike was art director and production designer on most of the Godzilla and Gamera movies produced since the early 1990s. His additional works include BICROSSER (??????????, Ky?dai-ken Baikuross?, 1985), METALDER (????????, Ch?jin-ki Metarud?, 1987), MASKED RIDER BLACK RX (??????BLACK RX, Kamen Raid? Burakku RX, 1988), GUNHED (?????, Ganheddo, 1989), TOKYO: THE LAST WAR (????, Teito Taisen, 1989), SAMURAI COMMANDO: MISSION 1549, YAMATO (??????, Otokotachi no Yamato, 2005), SINKING OF JAPAN, DAIMAJIN KANON (??????, 2010) and THE FLOATING CASTLE. Miike was also the special effects director for the 2012 movie ULTRAMAN SAGA (?????????, Urutoraman S?ga). The discussion between the two FX filmmakers will be followed by a screening of GARAMON STRIKES BACK. Attendees of the live event in Itabashi will have the opportunity to purchase limited edition collectibles and the ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES VISUAL FILE: GARAMON STRIKES BACK book (product info provided below). The Premium Theater event will also be simulcast at fourteen Aeon Cinemas nationwide (theater list below). Tickets will be available for purchase from the website of each theater starting Saturday, February 2. ? ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES Premium Theater 2: ULTRA Q: GARAMON STRIKES BACK Screening & Special Talk · Katsuro Onoe x Toshio Miike Special Talk · ULTRA Q: GARAMON STRIKES BACK Screening (black & white · monaural) Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 6:00pm (Doors Open at 5:45pm) Special Talk & Screening Theater: Aeon Cinema Itabashi (Tokyo) Ticket Price: ¥3,000 (Approximately $27.38 US, Includes Soft Drink Ticket) Aeon Cinema Simulcast Theaters: Ebetsu (Hokkaido), Natori (Miyagi), Urawa Misono (Saitama), Makuhari Shintoshin Central (Chiba), Theatus Chofu (Tokyo), Kohoku New Town (Kanagawa), Shinyurigaoka (Kanagawa), Kanazawa Forus (Ishikawa), Kakamigahara (Gifu), Odaka (Aichi), Kyoto Katsuragawa (Kyoto), Ibaraki (Osaka), Hiroshima (Hiroshima), Fukuoka (Fukuoka) Ticket Price: ¥2,000 (Approximately $18.26 US, Includes Soft Drink Ticket) Student Ticket Price: ¥1,000 (Approximately $9.13 US, Includes Soft Drink Ticket)

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    ? ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES VISUAL FILE: GARAMON STRIKES BACK The VISUAL FILE highlights key moments from GARAMON STRIKES BACK with high resolution scans taken from the original 35mm film negatives, presenting the episode on a scale beyond the TV frame. Release Date: February 16, 2019 (Premium Theater Live Event at Aeon Cinema Itabashi) Price: ¥1,019 (Approximately $9.30 US, Plus Tax) Language: Japanese Format A4 Horizontal (29.7cm x 21cm) Pages: 36 Publisher: Tsuburaya Productions

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    ? Reprint Garamon Aeon Cinema Limited Color Reissue of the Garamon soft vinyl from the popular manufacturer, M1, with a new monochrome paint scheme. Limited production run; sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Release Date: February 16, 2019 (Premium Theater Live Event at Aeon Cinema Itabashi) Price: TBA Publisher: M1GO



    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    ? "Building Box" Monster Series: BB Clear Garamon Aeon Cinema Limited Color Clear Garamon soft vinyl figure. Limited production run; sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Release Date: February 16, 2019 (Premium Theater Live Event at Aeon Cinema Itabashi) Price: ¥3,000 (Approximately $27.38 US, Plus Tax) Publisher: U.S.TOYS




    Photos courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    ? Semi Ningen & BB Clear Garamon Aeon Cinema Limited Color Set of Semi Ningen and Garamon pocket-sized figures. Limited production run; sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Release Date: February 16, 2019 (Premium Theater Live Event at Aeon Cinema Itabashi) Price: ¥6,700 (Approximately $61.16 US, Plus Tax) Publisher: U.S.TOYS

    Logo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS

    About Tsuburaya Productions

    Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has created dozens of heroes and other characters, including Ultraman, who have been loved from generation to generation. The base for the company was Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research, which was launched by the Japanese “Father of Special Effects” Eiji Tsuburaya. After showing his skill and making a name for himself working on many monster movies and special effects laden fantasy science films, in 1963 Tsuburaya incorporated Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research and established Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. in order to advance further research and development of special effects technologies and release visual works that could be enjoyed by a wider audience. The company has continued to maintain Eiji Tsuburaya’s policies even after his death. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding, and it continues its work to this day. Currently, the company carries out activities including production of works for television, original video works, and films for theatrical release; licensing of owned characters’ content; development of various products; event planning and live staged events that bring out the maximum appeal of its owned characters, and development of facilities that handle related items.

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