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    ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND Opens March 2019

    Ultraman Blu, Ultraman Rosso and Ultraman Geed in the first promotional image for ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS

    Source: Tsuburaya Productions Official Site: m-78.jp/rb/movie (Japan) Official Twitter:twitter.com/ultraman_series

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE

    Key art courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS

    Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with information and photos for the next Ultraman theatrical feature film, ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND (?????????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Urutoraman R/B Serekuto! Kizuna no Kurisutaru). The movie will open in Japanese cinemas on March 8, 2019. ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND is based on the ULTRAMAN R/B (RUEBE) [?????????(???), Urutoraman R/B (Ruubu)] television series that has been airing in Japan since July 2018. ULTRAMAN R/B was the first Ultraman series to feature, from the start, two brothers who transform into Ultramen. Promoted as a "dynamic tokusatsu family drama", show follows the adventures of Katsumi/Ultraman Rosso (Yuya Hirata) and Isami Minato/Ultraman Blu (Ryosuke Koike); their younger sister, Asahi, a high school student; their father Ushio, a designer who runs his own specialty store; and their mother, Mio (Kaori Manabe), a scientist researching the brothers` transformation devices, the R/B Gyro and R/B Crystal. In ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE ? SELECT! THE CRYSTAL OF BOND, a mysterious Ultraman, Ultraman Tregear (??????????), will be introduced. Riku Asakura (Tatsuomi Hamada), the main character of the previous TV series, ULTRAMAN GEED (?????????, Urutoraman Jiido, 2017), will also appear and join the brothers in battle. And a new hero born from the hearts of the Minato Family -- Ultraman Groob (??????????) -- will play an important role. The theme song for the movie will be sung by Takeshi Tsuruno, who played Shin Asuka/Ultraman Dyna in the ULTRAMAN DYNA (?????????, Urutoraman Daina, 1997-1998) television series.

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS. © ULTRAMAN R/B PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM?TV TOKYO

    ? Comment by Yuya Hirata (Katsumi Minato/Ultraman Rosso) In the movie, the "Bond" in the title becomes very important. It is a story about the bonds we have with our family and colleagues. Tatsuomi Hamada performed very well, and enjoyed himself immensely. I think you will like ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE.






    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. © TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS. © ULTRAMAN R/B PRODUCTION CONSORTIUM?TV TOKYO

    ? Comment by Ryosuke Koike (Isami Minato/Ultraman Blu) The TV series will end in one month [the final episode airs December 22]. There is a movie version with a connection to the series that you can enjoy even if you`ve never watched the show. But you should watch the TV series first, and enjoy the movie even more!






    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS

    ? Comment by Takeshi Tsuruno Ryosuke Koike is 23 years old, and I was 23 when I starred in ULTRAMAN DYNA. 21 years later, I will be in charge of the theme song with the hopes of inspiring a new generation. I realized my dream of playing Ultraman, so I want to give my juniors a dream of their own!






    From the left: Ultraman Tregear, Ryosuke Koike, Yuya Hirata, Takeshi Tsuruno and Ultraman Groob at the Tokyo Comic Con presentation for ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS

    STORY “Are you Ultraman? Or are you Katsumi Minato?” Ultraman Tregear, a mysterious new Ultraman, suddenly appeared in Ayakashi, hometown of the Minato Family. Inspired by a question from Tregear about making dreams come true, Katsumi seeks out his own dream. But when kaiju reappear for the first time in a year, Ultraman Rosso and Ultraman Blu once again stand together against the threat, joined by Ultraman Geed. As the Ultramen engage the monsters in battle, the hopes and bond of the Minato Family will create a new hero, Ultraman Groob! TICKET INFO Advance tickets go on sale Friday, December 14 at theaters nationwide, plus Ultraman events and official memorabilia shops. Customers will have a few different options to choose from...

    ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE Original R/B Crystal Movie Ticket. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS

    ? ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE Original R/B Crystal Movie Ticket Ticket buyers will receive a free limited edition R/B Crystal, while supplies last.* Parent-Child Pair: ¥2,500 (Approximately $22.02 US, Tax Included) General: ¥1,700 (Approximately $14.98 US, Tax Included) Child (3 Years and Over): ¥1,200 (Approximately $10.57 US, Tax Included) ? ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE Movie Ticket Card (ticket only items) Ticket buyers will receive 1 of 3 free limited edition ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE cards, while supplies last.* Parent-Child Pair: ¥2,200 (Approximately $19.38 US, Tax Included) General: ¥1,400 (Approximately $12.33 US, Tax Included) Child: ¥900 (Approximately $7.93 US, Tax Included) ? Same-Day Ticket General: ¥1,800 (Approximately $15.86 US, Tax Included) Child: ¥1,000 (Approximately $8.81 US, Tax Included) *Not sold at all movie theaters.

    ULTRAMAN R/B THE MOVIE Movie Ticket Card styles A, B and C. Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS

    DETAILS Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday, March 8, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow) Cast Katsumi Minato: Yuya Hirata Isami Minato: Ryosuke Koike Asahi Minato: Arisa Sonohara Makoto Aizen: Motoki Fukami Ushio Minato: Ginnojo Yamazaki Mio Minato: Kaori Manabe Riku Asakura: Tatsuomi Hamada Production: “UR/B” Film Partners Distribution: Shochiku Broadcasting World Sales: Tsuburaya Productions ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS

    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS
    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS
    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS
    Photo courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions. ©UR/B FILM PARTNERS

    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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