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Urutora 6-kyodai tai kaijû gundan (1974)

The Hindu god Hanuman teams up with Ultraman and his brethren against familiar Ultra-foes in this rare Ultraman movie co-produced in Thailand.

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Bunzô Wakatsuki (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ko Kaeoduendee Ko Kaeoduendee ... Koh / Hanuman
Anan Pricha Anan Pricha ... Anan
Yodchai Meksuwan Yodchai Meksuwan ... Dr. Wisut
Pawana Chanajit Pawana Chanajit ... Marisa
Sripouk Sripouk ... Sripouk
Srisuriya Srisuriya ... Srisuriya
Kan Booncho Kan Booncho ... Bandit
Chan Wanpen Chan Wanpen ... Bandit
Somnouk Somnouk ... Bandit
Ai Sasaki Ai Sasaki ... Kochan (voice)
Sumiko Shirakawa Sumiko Shirakawa ... Anan (voice)
Takashi Nakagi Takashi Nakagi ... Professor Virut (voice)
Yôko Kuri Yôko Kuri ... Marisa (voice)
Junpei Takiguchi Junpei Takiguchi ... Sripouk (voice)
Shingo Kanemoto Shingo Kanemoto ... Srisuriya (voice)
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The Hindu god Hanuman teams up with Ultraman and his brethren against familiar Ultra-foes in this rare Ultraman movie co-produced in Thailand.

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Japan | Thailand

Language:

Thai | Japanese

Release Date:

26 November 1974 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

Hanuman and the Seven Ultramen See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (2001 Thai redub)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The Japanese theatrical version, released five years after the Thai release, runs considerably shorter and at a tighter pace. The original credits sequence (over a fiery composite of the eight planets encircling the sun) is abandoned in favor of a montage of shots from the battle scenes later in the film. Some bloodshed from the Thai version is also excised (such as Hanuman crushing the lead robber). The sound design and musical selection has also been redone from the ground up, many of the monster vocalizations "borrowed" from recognizable Toho and Daiei creations. See more »

Connections

Edited into Space Warriors 2000 (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Bokura no Urutoraman
("Our Ultraman")
Japanese Version
Music & Lyrics by Noboru Tsuburaya
Arranged by Hiroshi Takada
Sung by Isao Sasaki & the Columbia Cradle Club
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An Ultra-fan's nightmare
17 August 2005 | by RyuuseiSee all my reviews

Having seen the Thai version of this complex stinker, about the only good thing about THE 6 ULTRA BROTHERS VS. THE MONSTER ARMY (Thai title: HANUMAN AND THE 7 ULTRAMEN) is the FX (directed by veteran Kazuo Sagawa) and monster/superhero action. But overall, as an Ultra-fan, I have to say that this is, by far, the worst, weakest Ultraman film EVER! If people hate GODZILLA VS. MEGALON so much, THE 6 ULTRA BROTHERS VS. THE MONSTER ARMY makes it look like Oscar-winning material.

The Hindu monkey-god Hanuman takes center stage in this film, so I think this film would've made a better solo vehicle for Hanuman. Otherwise the Ultra Brothers themselves (Ultraman, Zoffy, Ultra Seven, New Ultraman/Jack, Ultraman Ace and Ultraman Tarou) are just glorified henchmen for Hanuman, and they don't get as much screen time until the climactic 30 minutes. Also, the Ultra Brothers and monster suits (the monsters were Gomora from ULTRAMAN, Dustpan from MIRRORMAN, and Astromons, Tyranto and Dorobon from ULTRAMAN TAROU) were in pretty funky condition. Also, the story has no coherence and structure whatsoever. Everything is thrown around carelessly, especially music from ULTRAMAN and ULTRA SEVEN, which make up the majority of the film's underscore. (The Japanese version of this film had a new theme song sung by Isao Sasaki and the Columbia Cradle Club; It's one of the other good things about this film.)

Japan's Tsuburaya Productions, the creators of Ultraman, co-produced this film with the now-infamous Chaiyo Productions in Thailand, which not only co-produced another film the same year (JUMBORG ACE & GIANT), but its founder/president Sompote "Sands" Saengduenchai would later try to basically steal the Ultraman copyright from Tsuburaya Productions using a forged document supposedly by Eiji Tsuburaya's late second son Noboru Tsuburaya (who produced this film), resulting in a bitter ongoing court battle since 1996. As of this writing, up to early 2004, Tsuburaya has won all court appeals but one (Chaiyo won merchandising rights outside Japan to the first 6 shows, ULTRA Q through TAROU, and JUMBORG ACE), and contrary to false news reports in the English-language Thai media, Tsuburaya continues to take legal action against Chaiyo.

But if this is how Chaiyo wants to make Ultraman movies and shows, then it will be a nightmare for Ultra-fans. (And if you thought this movie was bad, the promos for their illegal MILLENNIUM ULTRAMAN stage show are even worse!)

Ultra-fans, watch this film at your own risk.


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