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Cleopatra Sets US Release Date For Shin Ultraman

We reviewed Shin Ultraman back when it played at Fantasia. I said then I hoped it would get a proper US release and after longer than I expected, it has one thanks to Cleopatra Entertainment who will be releasing it over the July 4th holiday. You can go back and read my review if you’re unfamiliar with Ultraman or this latest reboot of the character that served as so many Americans’ gateway to Kaiju fandom. Or you can just check out the press release, pictures and trailer below.

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As Shin Ultraman begins, we learn the appearance of giant unidentified life forms known as “S-Class Species (Kaiju)” has become commonplace in Japan. The Japanese Government formed a Kaiju defence taskforce known as the SSSP, led by Kimio Tamura (played by Drive My Car’s Hidetoshi Nishijima). After a particularly challenging encounter, a silver giant descends from the sky to rescue the country. Dubbed Ultraman, this giant’s identity and purpose are a mystery. Shin Ultraman is a delightful reimagining of one of Japan’s classic superheroes, full of cosmic twists, charismatic villains, and giant Kaiju, leading VARIETY to declare that “the mix of styles and moods works wonderfully, raising Shin ‘Ultraman’ into the top rank of superhero movies!”

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Directed by:
Shinji Higuchi

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Starring:
Takumi Saitoh, Masami Nagasawa, Daiki Arioka, Akari Hayami, Tetsushi Tanaka, Hidetoshi Nishijima, with Anno and Bin Furuya as Ultraman

On VOD July 4, On Blu-ray & DVD July 11

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