Ultra Seven Mask Used in TV Show's Filming Stolen
posted on by Egan Loo
The mask used in the actual filming of the live-action special-effects television series Ultra Seven was stolen this week from the restaurant run by the actor who played the title hero. 68-year-old Kouji Moritsugu played both Ultra Seven and his alter-ego Dan Moroboshi, and he now runs the Joli Chapeau restaurant south of Tokyo in Fujisawa, Kanagawa. He said, "The mask is the real thing, and it is my alter-ego. I want the mask returned immediately for the fans who visit my shop."
Moritsugu last remembered seeing the mask at the restaurant's closing time on Sunday, July 24. The restaurant was closed on Monday, but when Moritsugu went there on that day around noon, he discovered that the mask was missing from its shelf. All that remained was its empty plastic case, which was left on a table. Upon discovering the theft, Moritsugu called the emergency phone line.
Ultra Seven was Tsuburaya Productions' third Ultra television series after Ultraman. It aired in Japan from 1967 to 1968.
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