Posted on: June 27, 2024 Posted by: Christina Bronner Comments: 0

Ultraman Rising: A Reminder That Family Is The Most Important Thing In Your Life

 

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 reluctantly adopts 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. In partnership with Netflix, Tsuburaya Productions, and Industrial Light & Magic, Ultraman: Rising is written by Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes, directed by Shannon Tindle, and co-directed by John Aoshima.

 

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan M. comments, “As an Ultraman fan and someone who likes science fiction animation movies, I loved Ultraman Rising. The animation by the Sunrise team is really great – sometimes I forgot I was watching an animation.” See his full review and interviews with cast and directors below. 

 

Ultraman Rising
By Ryan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

 

As an Ultraman fan and someone who likes science fiction animation movies, I loved Ultraman Rising.

The storyline follows a baseball player named Ken Sato (Christopher Sean) who left Japan for the United States with his mother when he was young and became a famous baseball player. Now he needs to return to Tokyo to take over the role of Ultraman because his dad (Gedde Watanabe) asks him to come and take a bigger role in his life. He lives with a robot named Mina (Tamlyn Tomita) who helps him in his tasks.  One day, while fighting Ken finds a Kaiju egg and knows that he needs to learn to care for the baby Kaiju and learn the importance of family.  A man named Dr. Onda (Keone Young) wants to destroy all the kaijus, he wants to take revenge because his family died in a kaiju attack.

 

 

The animation by the Sunrise team is really great – sometimes I forgot I was watching an animation. The actors’ voices match the characters quite well. Director and writer, Shannon Tindle and co-director, John Aoshima, even including something from the original series – at the beginning it shows the kaiju from the first episode of Ultraman. They also incorporated some very funny scenes and lines, like the baby kaiju going wild! I really love the baby’s incidents – they are so funny. Don’t leave your seat too soon at the end or you will miss an important part of the story.  I want to mention that I noticed that there are some flashing lights in some scenes, so people sensitive to stroboscopic flashes may be affected.

 

The film’s message is that family is the most important thing in your life. Also, you can’t deny anything you don’t like. Ken tried to find solutions, but they all weren’t good enough.

I give Ultraman Rising 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults and Ultraman fans. This film begins streaming on Netflix June 14, 2024. 

 

 

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