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‘Ultraman: Rising’ Suits Up for June Netflix Premiere

By Mercedes Milligan

February 29, 2024

Netflix today revealed the official key art and premiere date for the upcoming animated movie Ultraman: Rising, based on the globally popular sci-fi superhero franchise created by filmmaker Eiji Tsuburaya (co-creator of Godzilla). The stylized CG action-comedy will launch on the streamer on June 14.

“Our team has worked hard to craft a story that fans and non-fans of this iconic character can enjoy. Ultraman: Rising is a film for everyone,” commented director Shannon Tindle (creator, Lost Ollie; story, Kubo and the Two Strings) and co-director John Aoshima (DuckTales, Gravity Falls). It’s a funny, action-packed, popcorn movie that tackles family, identity, and the struggle to maintain balance in an insane world. This June, we hope you’ll gather ‘round with the folks you love to see what happens when a titanic superhero rediscovers the power of family thanks to an unlikely ally- a sweet, 35-foot-tall, fire-breathing baby kaiju.”

Synopsis: With Tokyo under siege from rising monster attacks, baseball star Ken Sato reluctantly returns home to take on the mantle of Ultraman. But the titanic superhero meets his match when he is forced to adopt a 35-foot-tall, fire-breathing baby kaiju. Sato must rise above his ego to balance work and parenthood while protecting the baby from forces bent on exploiting her for their own dark plans.

The voice cast features Christopher Sean (You, Hawaii Five-O) as Ken Sato/Ultraman, Gedde Watanabe (Sixteen Candles) as Professor Sato, Tamlyn Tomita (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as Emiko/Mina, Keone Young (Men in Black 3, Star Wars Rebels) as Dr. Onda and Julia Harriman (Camp Rock) as Ami.

In partnership with Netflix, Tsuburaya Productions and Industrial Light & Magic, Ultraman: Rising is written by Tindle and Marc Haimes, directed by Tindle, and co-directed by Aoshima. Producers are Tom Knott and Lisa M. Poole.

John Aoshima is repped by attorney Rob Szymanski.