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    ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Preview

    Left to right: Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, Ultraman Cosmos, Ultraman Ginga Victory, Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Mebius, Ultraman Max and Ultraman Nexus. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2015

    Press Notes and High-Res Images from the Latest Ultraman Film Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: m-78.jp/ginga/movie

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Tsuburaya Productions and Shochiku have released press notes and new images from the next Ultraman movie, ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE (??? ?????????? ??! ????10??!!, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!), opening in Japanese cinemas on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Based on the ULTRAMAN GINGA S (??????????, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014) television series, the movie stars the show’s heroes Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory plus the UPG (Ultra Party Guardians) team. The two Ultramen combine to form Ultraman Ginga Victory, who fights alongside the “New Generation” of Ultra Warriors — Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Cosmos, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Max, Ultraman Mebius and Ultraman Zero -- against an inter-dimenensional threat. ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE ticket buyers in Japan will have a chance to meet one of the Ultramen in person. Each Saturday from March 14th through March 28th, an Ultra Hero will be visiting every theater showing the film to take part in an audience "meet and greet" before each screening. The movie`s official website has a provided a chart showing which Ultraman will be appearing at specific screenings.

    Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2015

    Characters

    ? Hikaru Raido Played by Takuya Negishi (Watanabe Entertainment) The young member of the special investigation team UPG who transforms into Ultraman Ginga with the Ginga Spark. Known for his great curiosity and strong sense of justice -- and a hatred of secrets -- Hikaru has long dreamed of being an adventurer. He also nauntains his sense of humor even in the toughest of circumstances.

    ? Shou Played by Kiyotaka Uji (Stardust Promotion) A prince of the underground Victorian civilization who transforms into Ultraman Victory. He has a stoic personality but displays a strong sense of kindness, offering a helping hand to the weak and those in need.


    ? Musashi Haruno Played by Taiyo Suigura (Sky Corporation) An Ultraman host from another dimension, Musashi is a gentle and true hero. He assistsUPG, Hikaru and Shou in their struggle to free the captured Ultramen.


    ? Alena Played by Arisa Komiya (Box Corporation) Princess of planet Zandt, Alena is able to manipulate the power of her magic mirror, sealing any opponent in the mysterious light it emits. She has captured many Ultra Heroes.


    ? Yoshiaki Jinno Played by Ryuichi Ohura (Asaikikaku Company) Captain of the special investigation team UPG. Jinno loves houseplants and herbal tea, but will act quickly and decisively to protect his subordinates and friends in an emergency.


    ? Arisa Sugita Played by Yukari Taki (Vision Factory) Combat Leader of UPG. She has the physical strength and competitive spirit of a man, and is second to none when it comes to gunplay.


    ? Goki Matsumoto Played by Takahiro Kato (Camel Arts) Co-Combat Leader of UPG. Although he is physically fit and known for his infectious laugh exciting, he has is somewhat emotionally brittle.


    ? Tomoya Ichijoji Played by Takuya Kusakawa (Stardust Promotion) A young genius who handles research in the UPG lab. Tomoya has a quiet personality, but has received overwhelming trust from his fellow UPG members. In response to their support, Tomoya rebuilt Mana, Android One Zero, after her body was destroyed in the battle with Dark Lugiel.

    ? Sakuya Played by Rina Koike (Very Berry Production) Shou`s childhood friend in the Victorian underground world. In ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE, she becomes a new member of UPG.


    ? Mana Played by Moga Mogami (Dear Stage) Originally known as the hostile Android One Zero, she began to develop human emotions and was given the name "Mana". She joins UPG as a new member in this film.



    UPG Specially Equipped Vehicles UPG`s mecha was created through a joint promotion with Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Tsuburaya Productions and Nissan partnered to create excitement through the advanced technology and new mobility of electric vehicles. The 100% electric car "Nissan Leaf" and the 100% electric commercial car "e-NV200" special were the base models for two specially equipped vehicles appearing in ULTRAMAN GINGA S.

    ? UPG-EV1 Schnauzer UPG personnel dedicated special investigation vehicle. A five-door hatchback with an elegant design, it is utilized for both patrol and combat. Power is supplied by cable to the charge port in the hood, connecting the Charge Gun or the ultra high power Hyper Laser by hyper rapid charging.


    ? UPG-EV2 Malamute UPG personnel dedicated special investigation vehicle, operated as a mobile operational command center. The armament of this box panel van also includes a Charge Gun and Hyper Laser.



    Ultraman Cosmos and Ultraman Ginga Victory versus Etelgar. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2015

    Credits Official English Title: ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE Japanese Title: ??? ?????????? ??! ????10??!! (Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman Ginga S Kessen! Urutora 10 Yuushi!!) Literal Translation: Ultraman Galaxy S The Movie: Decisive Battle! 10 Ultra Warriors!! Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, March 14, 2015 (Nationwide Roadshow) Running Time: Approximately 63 Minutes Ticket Prices General: ¥1,400 / Child: ¥700 Advance General: ¥1,300 / Child: ¥600 / Parent-Child Pair: ¥1900 Cast Hikaru Raido/Ultraman Ginga: Takuya Negishi Shou/Ultraman Victory: Kiyotaka Uji Musashi Haruno/Ultraman Cosmos: Taiyo Suigura Alena: Arisa Komiya UPG Captain Yoshiaki Jinno: Ryuichi Ohura UPG Officer Arisa Sugita: Yukari Taki UPG Officer Goki Matsumoto: Takahiro Kato Tomoya Ichijoji: Takuya Kusakawa Sakuya: Rina Koike Mana (Android One Zero): Moga Mogami Voice of Ultraman Ginga: Tomokazu Sugita Voice of Ultraman Dyna: Takeshi Tsuruno Voice of Ultraman Gaia: Takeshi Yoshioka Voice of Ultraman Zero: Mamoru Miyano Voice of Dark Lugiel: Tomokazu Sugita Voice of Etelgar: Tatsuhisa Suzuki Staff Director: Koichi Sakamoto Screenplay: Yuji Kobayashi, Takao Nakano Supervisor: Shinichi Ooka Production Supervisor: Sei Okazaki Executive Producer: Tsugumi Kitaura Producer: Eiji Kikuchi Cinematography: So Takahashi, Masaki Nishioka Special Effects: Nishioka Masaki Lighting: Hiromichi Takeyama Art Director: Taro Kiba Action Coordinator: Hiroyuki Okano Music: Takao Konishi Orchestra Arranger: Fumio Hara Theme Song: "Ultraman Victory/Ultraman Ginga Song" by Voyager with Hikaru & Shou feat. Takamiy Insert Theme: “Song of the Hero” by Toshihiko Takamizawa Production: "Ultraman Ginga S The Movie" Film Partners Distributor: Shochiku International Sales: Tsuburaya Productions © 2015 "Ultraman Ginga S The Movie" Film Partners

    Musashi Haruno is menaced by Alena. Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2015
    Ultraman Zero attacks! Photo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2015
    Logo courtesy of Shochiku Co., Ltd. © 2015

    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 close to 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.

    About Shochiku Co., Ltd.

    Founded in 1895, Shochiku functions as a highly-tuned vertically integrated entertainment entity, encompassing feature film and television production, theatrical distribution of Japanese & foreign motion pictures, worldwide sales, exhibition, DVD and home video distribution and the Kabuki Theater. Shochiku operates one of the most successful motion picture divisions in Japan. The company has produced a number of critically and financially successful films, including the 2002 Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI, directed by Yoji Yamada, the first Japanese Academy Award nomination for a live-action film in 22 years. Shochiku’s latest include DEPARTURES by Yojiro Takita, the 2009 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film.


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