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Ultraman (1967)

Chôhen kaijû eiga: Urutoraman (original title)
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A feature-length compilation of episodes of the famous Japanese sci-fi TV series about a futuristic policeman who secretly transforms into a giant extraterrestrial savior.

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While investigating two glowing ball-like UFOs chasing each other, Science Patrol officer Hayata is killed when one of the UFOs accidentally crashes into the Mini-VTOL he rode. The being inside, a giant silver & red alien from the Land of Light in the Nebula M78, feels terrible for the accident he caused. So he makes it up to Hayata by combining his own life-force with that of the Earthman, thus bringing him back to life. He also gives him a marker-like device called the Beta Capsule, with which in times of crisis, Hayata secretly transforms into the giant alien, heretofore known as Ultraman! This movie is actually combined from favorite episodes of the popular 1966 series: Episode 1 ("Ultra Operation No. 1") featuring Bemular (with the climactic fight scene omitted), Episode 8 ("The Lawless Monster Zone") featuring Red King, Chandrah, Maglar and the Sufran plant, and the two-parter Episodes 26 & 27 ("His Monster Majesty") featuring Gomora. Written by John Cassidy <ryuuseipro@comcast.net>

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One of the few films for Toho Company Ltd. (the film's distributor) to have a fanfare in its logo at the beginning. See more »

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Featured in Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

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True classic
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know of any other character that arouses child's interest to watch and emulate a superhero like this one. It's somewhat cheezy by today's standard, but idea was good, and there was fire to every story. Ultraman is a space policeman who comes from M-78 galaxy. He comes to earth chasing after a space villain which looks like a dinosaur called Bemular, and by accident kills a member of Earth Defense Force named Hayata. Ultraman tells Hayata that he will give his life force to him so he can survive, and also gives Hayata the means to transform into Ultraman. Hayata works for Capt. Muramatsu and he has several colleagues who works with him to fight the kaijyu menace that appears around Japan. The attraction of the show is that every episode there's a new monster Ultraman has to eradicate, and these monsters are really cream of the crop of kaijyu kingdom. I'm still hoping that Toho will resurrect a dinosaur called Gomorah in one of its movies. Ultraman lasted for 28 episodes until he lost to a space dinosaur called Zetton and was summoned back to M-78 galaxy. Soon after, many more space policemen from M-78 galaxy arrived keeping the franchise live. Most recent probably is Ultraman Tiga which I think was made under license in Australia.

This was the second series Eiji Tsuburaya (special effects director of the original Godzilla '54) produced after forming his own Tsuburaya production, and spawned many spin off series after which continues till this day.


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