Ultraman Connection Announces Nationwide Screenings During AnimeNYC Panel
The iconic Japanese superhero comes exclusively to U.S. Theaters for two days ONLY – January 11 and 12, 2023
Fathom Events and Tsuburaya Productions are partnering to bring Shin Ultraman to theaters nationwide this coming January for a two night engagement. The news was officially announced by Jeff Gomez, producer of Ultraman Connection, today during a panel at AnimeNYC.
The film, Shin Ultraman turns the Japanese icon Ultraman — first broadcast on television in 1966 — into a full-length feature film, written and produced by Hideaki Anno – a self described Ultraman fan – and directed by Shinji Higuchi. The film is set in modern Japan, depicting a world where Ultraman is witnessed by human eyes for the first time, ever!
Initially released earlier this year in Japan, Shin Ultraman was extremely popular in its native country and throughout East Asia and has also been a sensation on the film festival circuit throughout the world, screening at such prestigious fests as Fantasia Fest, Fantastic Fest, San Sebastian and Sitges, plus nearly a dozen more. The film is a triumphant return to the big screen of a classic hero for generations of fans and a fantastic introduction to those just discovering the franchise.
Shin Ultraman follows the continued appearance of giant unidentified life forms known as “S-Class Species (Kaiju)” – now commonplace in Japan. Conventional weapons have no effect on them and 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 (Hidetoshi Nishijima), strategic planner Shinji Kaminaga (Takumi Saitoh), unparticle physicist Akihisa Taki (Daiki Arioka), and biologist Yumi Funaberi (Akari Hayami).
In the midst of another 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.”
“American fans of Ultraman are finally getting their wish—the release by Fathom Events of this beloved film on the big screen in major cities across the country,” said Gomez at AnimeNYC.
“Currently Shin Ultraman carries an amazing 100% Rotten Tomatoes score and an even more astounding 83% rating. This project marks the next step in our mutual dream of realizing Ultraman as a global transmedia entertainment franchise.”
Details on ticket sales will be announced shortly. For regular updates about Shin Ultraman and all Ultraman-related news, be sure to register at UltramanConnection.com.