Japan Foundation

North American premiere
Selection 2022

Shin Ultraman

Directed by Shinji Higuchi

Hosted by Shinji Higuchi, director, Kei Minamitani, producer, Tsubasa Takemoto, producer, Gen Ito, producer &<br>Nishino Tomoya, producer.



Shinji Higuchi


Hideaki Anno


Takumi Saitoh, Masami Nagasawa, Daiki Arioka, Koji Yamamoto

Japan 2022 112 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English

Giant, unearthly monsters are appearing in Japan, and the government has created the S-Class Species Suppression Protocol, an elite agency dedicated to confronting and defeating this invasion by extraterrestrial lifeforms. But when an invisible electrical monster attacks the countryside, a giant, silvery alien being lands on Earth. The titanic superhero, soon to be codenamed Ultraman, destroys the deadly beast quickly enough—but accidentally kills SSSP officer Shinji Kaminaga during the battle. Secretly assuming Kaminaga’s appearance, Ultraman joins the SSSP to help defend humanity, but as more menacing monsters from space arrive, the cosmic conflict can only become more confounding!

Following its enormously successful release in Japan, Fantasia unleashes the highly anticipated SHIN ULTRAMAN, directed by Shinji Higuchi, famed for the special-effects work on 1990s GAMERA revival, and directing the live-action ATTACK ON TITAN films. Scripted by Hideaki Anno, the genius behind the hit anime NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. SHIN ULTRAMAN reunites the pair who co-directed 2016’s astounding SHIN GODZILLA, to reimagine another essential icon of tokusatsu, Japan’s effects-centered science-fiction TV and cinema. Debuted in 1966, Tsuburaya Productions’ giant, shiny superhero from space—and the wild array of alien monsters he confronts—have embedded themselves in the nation’s pop culture for generations. With auteur flair, unprecedented visual impact, and genuine affection for the Ultra franchise, Anno and Higuchi now renew, as only they can, the action-packed cosmic saga of Ultraman. – André Dubois & Rupert Bottenberg