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Ultraman X the Movie

International Premiere
  • Japan
  • 2016
  • 73 mins
  • DCP
  • Japanese
  • English (subtitles)

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Our story begins on one of those multiversal parallel Earths that we’ll call X. An Ultra warrior is in pursuit of an alien being. Ultraman forces it to crash into the sun, creating a solar flare, which upon contact atomizes him into digital data, which falls to the Earth. The flare also transforms the Spark Dolls into all-too-real monsters.

After 15 years of living as computer data, Ultraman has finally found a suitable human being, Daichi Oozora, to use the XDevizer and regain his Ultra warrior form — thus becoming Ultraman X, ally of the monster-fighting science patrol XIO. X quickly finds his hands full, though, when a greedy treasure hunter accidently breaks an ancient seal of the Baradhi ruins, unleashing the imprisoned monster Zaigorg. Daichi unites with X but is overpowered by the superbeast, and worse, the XDevizer is damaged, rendering it useless. The last hope resides with the blue stone of Baradhi and a strange artifact found at the foot of a giant statue of Ultraman Tiga. The world is in peril... WE NEED ULTRAMAN!

ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE marks more than one milestone. It brings the greatest, most iconic made-in-Japan superhero into the realm of digital technology, fusing the old-school practical effects that are the hallmark of the franchise with up-to-the minute CGI. It’s based on the 2015 series, the 41st that Tsuburaya has produced since 1966, and arrives at a very important time. The Ultraman universe celebrates its 50th anniversary this very July 17, 2016. Fantasia has been showing Ultraman movies since our first year 1996 — how could we not have an Ultraman movie to help us celebrate our own 20th anniversary? ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE features not only X and Ultraman Tiga (and a few extra Ultra Warriors), but a great appearance by the original Ultraman — the one with whom all the magic began.

— André Dubois