Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers

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Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers
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Original Japanese theatrical poster
Directed by Takeshi Yagi
Produced by Tsuburaya Productions
Kiyoshi Suzuki
Written by Keiichi Hasegawa
Starring Hiroshi Nagano
Susumu Kurobe
Kohji Moritsugu
Jiro Dan
Keiji Takamine
Takeshi Tsuruno
Takeshi Yoshioka
Shunji Igarashi
Music by Toshihiko Sahashi
Cinematography So Takahashi
Edited by Akira Matsuki
Distributed by Shochiku
Release dates
  • September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers (大決戦!超ウルトラ8兄弟 Daikessen! Chō Urutora Hachi Kyōdai?, lit. "Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers") is a Ultraman theatrical feature, and the first film by director Takeshi Yagi, who has since retired from Tsuburaya Productions and Kaiju film as of January 2008.[1] It unites the Shōwa heroes Ultraman, Seven, Jack and Ace together on screen with the Heisei heroes Tiga, Dyna, Gaia and Mebius. The catchphrase for the movie is "I will protect the world." (この世界を、僕が守る Kono sekai o, boku ga mamoru?).

The movie was released theatrically nationwide in Japan on September 13, 2008. As of October 23, 2008, the movie had grossed over ¥800,000,000 (US$8,000,000) at the box office, becoming the most commercially successful movie in the history of the Ultraman franchise.[2]

Plot[edit]

Three friends (Daigo, Asuka, and Gamu) go to Daigo's house to watch Ultraman. The show inspires them to follow their dreams. Then one day, they all meet a mysterious girl in a white dress and red shoes.

Daigo then has another vision of one of the Ultras being imprisoned by two kaiju, Alien Guts and Alien Nackle. Much to Daigo's surprise he sees Hayata, Dan, Go, and Hokuto who plan to save Mebius. Daigo realizes that possibly Hayata, Dan, Go, and Hokuto are maybe the four out the seven heroes. As they arrive to each of their workplaces, Mirai approaches them happily as recognizing them as the Ultra Brothers but they obviously to do not know him in their dimension. Daigo later explains to a disappointed Mirai that even though they are not the Ultra Brothers, they are still special people. Mirai takes this to heart and thanks Daigo once again. The mysterious beings, called Kageboshi, fuse to become the Giant Kageboshi. The Giant Kageboshi states that he will make more powerful monsters and bring despair to Earth. Tiga however replies back that it's useless and that the light in everyone's heart will always protect them. The Ultra brothers combine their powers to use the Superior Myth Blaster and destroy the Giant Kageboshi.

After the battle, Mirai returns to his own world, thanking his Ultra brothers of the alternate dimension. Later on, with their hopes and dreams back, the three men pursue their dream jobs. Asuka becomes a great baseball player, Gamu fully embraces being a scientist, and Daigo finally becomes an astronaut also marrying Rena and having a child. After the years pass, Gamu completes the ship (out of a cruise liner) that Daigo wished for long ago. All of their friends, co-workers, and family watch them off along with the rest of the city. Atsuko and Ryo come along as well. As the ship prepares to leave, Hayata, Dan, Go, Hokuto and their wives follow Daigo's ship in their own smaller ships. At the end, they all head to Nebula M78 together.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Daigo Madoka/Ultraman Tiga (マドカ・ダイゴ/ウルトラマンティガ(声) Madoka Daigo/Urutoraman Tiga (Koe)?)
  • Shin Asuka/Ultraman Dyna (アスカ・シン/ウルトラマンダイナ(声) Asuka Shin/Urutoraman Daina (Koe)?)
  • Gamu Takayama/Ultraman Gaia (V2) (高山 我夢/ウルトラマンガイア(声) Takayama Gamu/Urutoraman Gaia (Koe)?)
  • Mirai Hibino/Ultraman Mebius (ヒビノ・ミライ/ウルトラマンメビウス(声) Hibino Mirai/Urutoraman Mebiusu (Koe)?)
  • Shin Hayata/Ultraman (ハヤタ・シン/ウルトラマン(声) Hayata Shin/Urutoraman (Koe)?)
  • Dan Moroboshi/Ultra Seven (モロボシ・ダン/ウルトラセブン(声) Moroboshi Dan/Urutorasebun (Koe)?)
  • Hideki Go/Ultraman Jack (郷 秀樹/ウルトラマンジャック(声) Gō Hideki/Urutoraman Jakku (koe)?)
  • Seiji Hokuto/Ultraman Ace (北斗 星司/ウルトラマンエース(声) Hokuto Seiji/Urutoraman Ēsu (Koe)?)

Secondary Characters[edit]

  • Aki (アキ Aki?): Hideki Go's wife.
  • Megu (メグ Megu?): Hideki Go's daughter.
  • Yuko (夕子 Yūko?): The wife of Seiji Hokuto with nursing license, her surname, Minami, is dropped in this movie. Acknowledged as the former female co-host of Ultraman Ace.
  • Akiko Fuji (富士 明子 Fuji Akiko?): Shin Hayata's wife.
  • Anne Yuri (友里・アンヌ Yuri Annu?): Dan Moroboshi's wife
  • Nanami (七海 Nanami?): Seiji Hokuto's daughter.
  • Ryo Yumimura (ユミムラ・リョウ Yumimura Ryō?): Shin Asuka's coworker.
  • Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子 Sasaki Atsuko?): Gamu Takayama's coworker.
  • Hiroya Fujimiya (藤宮 博也 Fujimiya Hiroya?): A scientist who helped Gamu develop a spacecraft for Daigo in the end. He is acknowledged as the former host and human disguise of Ultraman Agul.
  • Girl with Red Shoes (赤い靴の少女 Akai Kutsu no Shōjo?): A mysterious girl whom Daigo Madoka met in boyhood. She gave Mirai Hibino a request to reawake seven heroes.

Enemies[edit]

  • King Gesura (キングゲスラ Kingu Gesura?): Destroyed by Ultraman Mebius's Mebium Beam.
  • King Pandon (キングパンドン Kingu Pandon?): Destroyed by Ultraman Mebius's Mebium Beam.
  • King Silvergon (キングシルバゴン Kingu Sirubagon?): Destroyed by Ultraman Dyna's Solgent Ray.
  • King Goldras (キングゴルドラス Kingu Gorudorasu?): Destroyed by Ultraman Gaia's Photon Edge.
  • Super Alien Hipporit (スーパーヒッポリト星人 Sūpā Hipporito Seijin?): Destroyed by Ultraman Tiga's Zepellion Beam.
  • Giga Chimera (ギガキマイラ Giga Kimaira?): The giant monster which Kageboshis' energies and the remained energies of five enemies united. Destroyed by Ultra Superior combination attack of the 8 Ultra's.
  • Black Silhouette (黒い影法師 Kuroi Kagebōshi?): Evil energies borne by people's negative feelings.
  • Giant Silhouette (巨大影法師 Kyodai Kagebōshi?): An enlarged form made by united Black Silhouettes. Destroyed by Superior Myth Flasher combination attack of the glittering 8 Ultra's.

Cast[edit]

  • Daigo Madoka/Ultraman Tiga (Voice) (マドカ・ダイゴ/ウルトラマンティガ(声) Madoka Daigo/Urutoraman Tiga (Koe)?): Hiroshi Nagano (V6) (長野 博(V6) Nagano Hiroshi (Bui Shikkusu)?)
  • Shin Asuka/Ultraman Dyna (Voice) (アスカ・シン/ウルトラマンダイナ(声) Asuka Shin/Urutoraman Daina (Koe)?): Takeshi Tsuruno (つるの 剛士 Tsuruno Takeshi?)
  • Gamu Takayama/Ultraman Gaia (V2) (Voice) (高山 我夢/ウルトラマンガイア(声) Takayama Gamu/Urutoraman Gaia (Koe)?): Takeshi Yoshioka (吉岡 毅志 Yoshioka Takeshi?)[3]
  • Mirai Hibino/Ultraman Mebius (Voice) (ヒビノ・ミライ/ウルトラマンメビウス(声) Hibino Mirai/Urutoraman Mebiusu (Koe)?): Shunji Igarashi (五十嵐 隼士 Igarashi Shunji?)
  • Shin Hayata/Ultraman (Voice) (ハヤタ・シン/ウルトラマン(声) Hayata Shin/Urutoraman (Koe)?): Susumu Kurobe (黒部 進 Kurobe Susumu?)
  • Dan Moroboshi/Ultra Seven (Voice) (モロボシ・ダン/ウルトラセブン(声) Moroboshi Dan/Urutorasebun (Koe)?): Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣 Moritsugu Kōji?)
  • Hideki Go/Ultraman Jack (Voice) (郷 秀樹/ウルトラマンジャック(声) Gō Hideki/Urutoraman Jakku (koe)?): Jiro Dan (団 時郎 Dan Jirō?)
  • Seiji Hokuto/Ultraman Ace (Voice) (北斗 星司/ウルトラマンエース(声) Hokuto Seiji/Urutoraman Ēsu (Koe)?): Keiji Takamine (高峰 圭二 Takamine Keiji?)
  • Rena (レナ Rena?): Takami Yoshimoto (吉本 多香美 Yoshimoto Takami?)
  • Hikari (ヒカリ Hikari?): Kurumi Hashimoto (橋本 くるみ Hashimoto Kurumi?)
  • Ryo Yumimura (ユミムラ・リョウ Yumimura Ryō?): Risa Saito (斉藤 りさ Saitō Risa?)
  • Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子 Sasaki Atsuko?): Ai Hashimoto (橋本 愛 Hashimoto Ai?)
  • Akiko (アキコ Akiko?): Hiroko Sakurai (桜井 浩子 Sakurai Hiroko?)
  • Anne (アンヌ Annu?): Yuriko Hishimi (ひし美 ゆり子 Hishimi Yuriko?)
  • Aki (アキ Aki?): Rumi Sakakibara (榊原 るみ Sakakibara Rumi?)
  • Megu (メグ Megu?): Megumi Matsushita (松下 恵 Matsushita Megumi?)
  • Yuko (夕子 Yūko?): Mitsuko Hoshi (星 光子 Hoshi Mitsuko?)
  • Nanami (七海 Nanami?): Shiko (紫子 Shiko?)
  • Hiroya Fujimiya (藤宮 博也 Fujimiya Hiroya?): Hassei Takano (高野 八誠 Takano Hassei?)[4]
  • Reiko Fujimiya (藤宮 玲子 Fujimiya Reiko?): Yukari Ishida (石田 裕加里 Ishida Yukari?)
  • Fujimiya's Child (藤宮の子供 Fujimiya no Kodomo?): Hinaka (妃菜花 Hinaka?)
  • Girl with Red Shoes (赤い靴の少女 Akai Kutsu no Shōjo?): Momoka Iizuka (飯塚 百花 Iizuka Momoka?)
  • Hanejiro (Voice) (ハネジロー(声) Hanejirō (Koe)?)
  • Super Alien Hipporit (Voice) (スーパーヒッポリト星人(声) Sūpā Hipporito Seijin (Koe)?): Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (大友 龍三郎 Ōtomo Ryūzaburō?)
  • Black Kageboshi (黒い影法師 Kuroi Kagebōshi?): Shihei Saga (嵯峨 周平 Saga Shūhei?)
  • Owner of Cheep Candy Shop (駄菓子屋の主人 Dagashiya no Shujin?): Masanari Nihei (二瓶 正也 Nihei Masanari?, Cameo)
  • Daigo's Mother (ダイゴの母 Daigo no Haha?): Nao Nagasawa (長澤 奈央 Nagasawa Nao?, Cameo)
  • Daigo's Father (ダイゴの父 Daigo no Chichi?): Kazuhiko Ando (安藤 一人 Andō Kazuhito?, Cameo)
  • Head of Tourism Division Munakata (観光課長 ムナカタ Kankō Kachō Munakata?): Akitoshi Otaki (大滝 明利 Ōtaki Akitoshi?, Cameo)
  • Director of FM Yokohama Shinjo (FMヨコハマディレクター シンジョウ Efu Emu Yokohama Direkutā Shinjō?): Shigeki Kagemaru (影丸 茂樹 Kagemaru Shigeki?, Cameo)
  • TV M.C. Shinjo (テレビ司会者 シンジョウ Terebi Shikaisha Shinjō?): Kei Ishibashi (石橋 けい Ishibashi Kei?, Cameo)
  • TV Caster (テレビキャスター Terebi Casutā?): Yoko Azami (莇 陽子 Azami Yōko?, Cameo)
  • Idol of Ceremonial First Pitch (始球式のアイドル Shikyūshiki no Aidoru?): Anri Ban (伴 杏里 Ban Anri?, Cameo)
  • Old Man in Shopping Mall (ショッピングモールの老人 Shoppingu Mōru no Rōjin?): Yasuhiko Saijo (西條 康彦 Saijō Yasuhiko?, Cameo)
  • Citizens (市民 Shimin?): Jo Onodera (小野寺 丈 Onodera Jō?, Cameo), Takao Kase (加瀬 尊朗 Kase Takao?, Cameo), Shinobu Kameyama (亀山 忍 Kameyama Shinobu?, Cameo)
  • Jun Manjome (万城目 淳 Manjōme Jun?): Kenji Sahara (佐原 健二 Sahara Kenji?, Cameo)
  • Manager Hibiki (ヒビキ監督 Hibiki Kantoku?): Ryo Kinomoto (木之元 亮 Kinomoto Ryō?, Cameo)
  • Dr. Kido (キド医師 Kido Ishi?): Shingo Kazami (風見 しんご Kazami Shingo?, Cameo)
  • Secretary-General of the United Nations Sawai (サワイ国連事務総長 Sawai Kokuren Jimu Sōchō?): Tamio Kawachi (川地 民夫 Kawachi Tamio?, Cameo)
  • Narrator (ナレーター Narētā?): Koji Ishizaka (石坂 浩二 Ishizaka Kōji?, Cameo)
  • The Manager of the Baseball Club of Yokohama North High School (横浜北高校野球部監督 Yokohama Kita Kōkō Yakyūbu Kantoku?): Makoto Inagawa (稲川 誠 Inagawa Makoto?, Special Guest)
  • The President of Yokohama BayStars (横浜ベイスターズ球団社長 Yokohama Beisutāzu Kyūdan Shachō?): Kuniaki Sasaki (佐々木 邦昭 Sasaki Kuniaki?, Special Guest)
  • The Mayor of Yokohama (横浜市長 Yokohama Shichō?): Hiroshi Nakada (中田 宏 Nakada Hiroshi?, Special Guest)

Suit actors[edit]

Staff[edit]

Songs[edit]

Theme song
  • "LIGHT IN YOUR HEART"
    • Lyrics: KOMU
    • Composition: Yusuke Kato
    • Artist: V6[5][6]

[edit]

A short advertisement about Ultraman sees the 8 Ultra Brothers alerting Super Alien Hipporit to turn his phone off. This indicates that people must not operate phones in cinemas.

Home Video Release[edit]

The movie was released on both DVD and Blu-ray on January 23, 2009. It was the first production in the Ultraman series to be released on the Blu-ray format. The standard DVD and Blu-ray releases carried the same content and features. A limited edition 2-disc "Memorial Box" DVD collection also included extra bonus features, 3D glasses for a special 3D featurette and replica copies of the storyboards and director Yagi's screenplay.[2]

References[edit]

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