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U.K. Cinema Screenings of Live-Action Shin Ultraman on January 11

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Screenings at Odeon cinema chain listed for next Wednesday; film was scripted and produced by Hideaki Anno

The Odeon cinema chain is listing subtitled screenings of Studio Khara's Shin Ultraman film at selected venues on Wednesday January 11.

The film debuted in Japan on May 13 in 2022 and ranked at #1 in its first weekend. Tsuburaya Productions, which co-produced the film, describes the story:

The continued appearance of giant unidentified life forms known as “S-Class Species (Kaiju)” has become commonplace in Japan.

Conventional weapons have no effect on them. Having exhausted all other options, the Japanese Government issued the S-Class Species Suppression Protocol and formed an enforcement unit, known as the SSSP.

The members chosen for the unit are: captain Kimio Tamura (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima), strategic planner Shinji Kaminaga (played by Takumi Saitōh), unparticle physicist Akihisa Taki (played by Daiki Arioka), and biologist Yumi Funaberi (Akari Hayami).

In the midst of a Kaiju threat, a silver giant appears from beyond Earth's atmosphere.

Analyst Hiroko Asami (played by Masami Nagasawa) is newly appointed to the SSSP to deal with this giant and is partnered with Shinji Kaminaga.

In Hiroko's report, she writes—

“Ultraman (tentative name), identity unknown.”

Shin Godzilla director Shinji Higuchi and his Higuchi-Gumi team helmed the project, and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno was in charge of planning and scripts. Kenshi Yonezu performs the film's theme song "M87."

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