Ultraman's 50th Anniversary Film Hitting US Theaters as Double Feature!

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SciFi Japan just announced the incredible news that Japan's greatest hero is hitting theaters for a limited release this winter. The 50th Anniversary film Ultraman X: The Movie (known in Japan as Ultraman X - The Movie: Here He Comes! Our Ultraman!) will have limited screenings across the United States in California, Texas, Colorado, Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, New York and more! The film will also be double-billed with last year's Ultraman movie, Ultraman Ginga S: The Movie (2015). (Known in Japan as Ultraman Ginga S: Showdown! Ultra 10 Warriors!)

William Winkler Productions will be distributing and supplying the dubs for both films. There is no word on a home video release as of yet. Screenings for the films will begin on January 8th, 2017 and continue throughout the month. You can check out the new dub in the trailer below:

Both films are continuations of their respective series Ultraman X and Ultraman Ginga/Ginga S which are available to stream for free on Crunchyroll.

To check out which cities Ultraman X: The Movie and Ultraman Ginga S: The Movie visit SciFi Japan for an up-to-date list. More cities will be added soon:


Are western Ultraman fans excited about the prospect of seeing Japan's greatest hero on the big screen? The same creative team that birthed Godzilla also created Ultraman. Are there any fans interested in seeing tokusatsu outside of Godzilla in theaters? Sound off your thoughts on the rather surprising release below.

Ultraman X: The Movie and Ultraman Ginga S: The Movie begin rolling through theaters, January 8th, 2017.
SciFi Japan

Written by G. H. (Gman)Published on 2016-12-06 19:31:03


ContributorMember934 XPDec-06-2016 7:46 PM

So first we had Shin Gojira come to the USA and now we're getting two Ultraman movies as well. It's a good time to me a kaiju fan.


ContributorMember926 XPDec-07-2016 7:29 AM

Toho made Ultraman?


ContributorMember926 XPDec-07-2016 9:37 AM

Is it just me or does that monster look like Bagan? Mind you, I know nothing about Ultraman and I have no idea where to begin if I wanted to start watching Ultraman.

G. H. (Gman)

LegendAdmin5334 XPDec-07-2016 9:46 AM

Tsuburaya Productions created Ultraman. Eiji Tsuburaya himself and most of the creative team on Godzilla films and other Toho kaiju endeavors were a part of the series. Many actors from prior Godzilla films would guest-star and Ishiro Honda ended up directed episodes for the third series The Return of Ultraman.

There is no relation to Bagan with the creature above. Crunchyroll is streaming nine of the Ultra series for free.

If interested I typically recommend starting from the beginning with the original Ultraman. You can stream it for free on Shout!Factory TV here.

If you're looking for something a little more modern, however, I recommend Ultraman Nexus on Crunchyroll here.


ContributorMember926 XPDec-07-2016 11:09 AM

Thank you GMan2887. I think I get it now. I will probably start with the original series. Would it be safe to assume that the series work like the Showa, Heisei and Millennium series? (the original being Showa era and the more modern stuff being Heisei and Millennium era). If there any continuity between series?

G. H. (Gman)

LegendAdmin5334 XPDec-07-2016 3:52 PM

Sort of. These days it works more like Marvel and DC in which there are different universes/continuities the characters exist in, but they're all acknowledged. The idea of parallel universes was introduced a few years back and so Showa and Heisei characters, for instance, can travel to each other's Earths and fight alongside each other.

The thing is the "Heisei" series of Ultra shows is more like the Millennium Godzilla series--Most of them exist in their own universe/continuity with the exception of a few.


ContributorMember926 XPDec-08-2016 6:02 AM

Cool concept. Thanks for the info


ContributorMember926 XPDec-08-2016 10:13 AM

Last question.

If I were to go see the new Ultraman movie, are there any specific series I need/should watch first? Or is it ok just to watch the original (assuming the original covers the basics and everything)


ContributorMember934 XPDec-08-2016 10:32 AM

Well you should probably watch Ultraman Ginga and it's sequel series, and Ultraman X.

G. H. (Gman)

LegendAdmin5334 XPDec-08-2016 10:50 AM

Yeah, but at the same time Ultraman Ginga really sucks... Ultraman Ginga S is a little better, but not a top tier series. Ultraman X, however, is a fantastic show, but some of the guest Ultras that show up may be lost on you. Especially Nexus.

Keep in mind Ultraman also isn't a series you binge watch. They're meant to be weekly adventures and usually need breathing room.


ContributorMember934 XPDec-08-2016 11:02 AM

Now I wan't to know what Tsuburaya is going to do next after Orb is done.

G. H. (Gman)

LegendAdmin5334 XPDec-08-2016 11:15 AM

^Well the toy-centric material is keeping the franchise alive, so we'll probably get more of that--Which I don't mind as long as it's handled like it was in Ultraman X. It's too noticeable in Orb.


ContributorMember934 XPDec-08-2016 11:19 AM

The'll probably tone it down with whatever comes next.


ContributorMember926 XPDec-08-2016 3:28 PM

Well, I binged watched the original Neon Genesis Evangelion series in a weekend, I think I can handle a little Kaiju binge. So, to keep track, I should watch the original series, Ultraman X and whichever one involves Nexus (I'm unsure if that is the name of a series or a character?)? Thanks guys. I wasn't that interested in Ultraman before, but seeing as how he is one of the most heroes in the Kaiju genre, I can give it a shot. I gave the Evangelion franchise a shot after the Godzilla crossover poser was released way back when and I never regretted it. 


ContributorMember926 XPDec-08-2016 3:29 PM

On a side note, is it just me or did the trailer remind anyone else of Power Rangers?

G. H. (Gman)

LegendAdmin5334 XPDec-08-2016 5:11 PM

Power Rangers is nothing more than a heavily edited, Americanized version of Super Sentai. Due to varying popularity over the years, Ultraman, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider and other Japanese tokusatsu heroes have influenced each other with similar styles.

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