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|Directed by:||Shinya Nakajima, Konaka Kazuya|
|Produced by:||Kazuo Tsuburaya, Hiroshi Inagaki, Isomura Yoshiyuki, Goto Hiroshi|
|Written by:||Nagasaka Hideka, Kazunori Saito|
|Starring:||Masaharu Sekiguchi, Takaaki Ishibashi, Kinashi Noritake, Takaoka Yuka, Hiromoto Okubo, Kohji Moritsugu, Miyagawa Ichirota|
|Music by:||James Shimoji|
|Release Date(s)||March 9, 1996 (1st movie), April 12, 1997 (2nd movie)|
|Running time||51 minutes (1st movie), 66 minutes (2nd movie)|
Ultraman Zearth (ウルトラマンゼアス Urutoraman zeasu?) and Ultraman Zearth 2: Superhuman Giant Battle - Light and Shadow (ウルトラマンゼアス2 超人大戦 光と影 Urutoraman zeasu 2 chōjin taisen hikatokage?) are two Ultraman movies produced by Tsuburaya Productions in 1996 and 1997 respectively. The first movie was released as a celebration of Tsuberaya's 30th anniversary, as part of the Ultraman Wonderful World project. Both movies feature many homages to previous series, including some of the members of the original Science Patrol from Ultraman. It is succeeded by Ultraman Tiga.
Kaiju and Seijin
Mydo (Maido) is the abbreviated name of Mysterious Yonder Defense Organization (超宇宙防衛機構Chō Uchū Bōei Kikō. It stations bases in Asia (HQ), North America, South America, Europe, Africa, South Pacific, Silicon Valley, Migo Desert, and Japan. It stations bases also in Delambre (Moon), Elara and Sinope (Jupiter), Titan (Saturn), and Ariel (Uranus).
- Captain Shinpei Ohkohchi (大河内 神平Ōkōchi Shinpei) is previous Mydo's captain. He was promoted to a staff officer in Ultraman Zearth 2.
- Butsukichi Konakai (小中井 仏吉Konakai Butsukichi?) is previous Mydo's deputy captain. He also was promoted to a deputy staff officer in Ultraman Zearth 2.
- Captain Ban Satsuma (薩摩 萬Satsuma Ban?) is Mydo's captain.
- Manabu Kazu (数 学Kazu Manabu?) is Mydo's deputy captain.
- Tohru Hoshimi (星見 透Hoshimi Tōru?) is a female member. She has a younger brother named Yuki Hoshimi (星見 勇気Hoshimi Yūki?).
- Ganta Takemura (武村 岩太Takemura Ganta?) is a strong man.
- Katsuto Asahi (朝日 勝人Asahi Katsuto?) is Zearth's human form.
- Midori (ミドリ?) is an AI.
- Stylus Gun (スタイラスガンSutairasu Gan?): A handgun.
- Drag & Drop (ドラッグアンドドロップDoraggu Ando Doroppu?): A heavy firearm.
- Sky Fish (スカイフィッシュSukai Fisshu?): Two fighter jets.
- Sky Shark (スカイシャークSukai Shāku?): The battle mother ship.
- Katsuto Asahi: Masaharu Sekiguchi (関口 正晴Sekiguchi Masaharu?)
- Shinpei Ohkohchi: Takaaki Ishibashi (石橋 貴明Ishibashi Takaaki?)
- Butsukichi Konakai: Noritake Kinashi (木梨 憲武Kinashi Noritake?)
- Tohru Hoshimi: (高岡 由香Takaoka Yuka
- Ganta Takemura: Hiromoto Okubo (大久保 博元Ōkubo Hiromoto?)
- Midori (Voice): Mariko Fukushima (福島 まりこFukushima Mariko?)
- Ban Satsuma: Kohji Moritsugu (森次 晃嗣Moritsugu Kōji?)
- Manabu Kazu: Ichirota Miyagawa (宮川 一朗太Miyagawa Ichirōta?)
- Akuma Ogami/Alien Benzene (Voice): Takeshi Kaga (鹿賀 丈史Kaga Takeshi?)
- Kagemi/Alien Lady-Benzene (Voice): Uno Kanda (神田 うのKanda Uno?)
- Night Watchman: Susumu Kurobe (黒部 進Kurobe Susumu?)
- Fisherman: Akiji Kobayashi (小林 昭二Kbayashi Akiji?)
- Photographer: Masanari Nihei (二瓶 正也Nihei Masanari?)
- Reporter: Sandayū Dokumamushi (毒蝮 三太夫Dokumamushi Sandayū?)
- Housewife: Sakurai Hiroko (桜井 浩子Sakurai Hiroko?)
- Master of Seidokaikan: Kazuyoshi Ishii (石井 和義Ishii Kazuyoshi?)
- Instructor of Seidokaikan: Nobuaki Kakuda (角田 信朗Kakuda Nobuaki?)
- Assistant Instructor: Andy Hug (アンディ・フグAndi Fugu?)
- Yuki Hoshimi: Hiromi Sakimoto (崎本 大海Sakimoto Hiromi?) (Played as "崎元 大海")
- Telecast Reporter: Jiro Dan (団 時朗Dan Jirō?)
- Ultraman Zearth: Keiji Hasegawa (長谷川 恵司Hasegawa Keiji?)
- Alien Benzene: Hiroyuki Okano (岡野 弘之Okano Hiroyuki?)
- Cotten-Poppe: Toshio Miyake (三宅 敏夫Miyake Toshio?)
- Ultraman Shadow: Yutaka Kanezuka (金塚 裕Kanezuka Yutaka?)
- Alien Lady-Benzene: Misato Suzuki (鈴木 みさとSuzuki Misato?)
- Darklar: Hiroyuki Okano (岡野 弘之Okano Hiroyuki?)
- Shuwatch! Ultraman Zearth (シュワッチ!ウルトラマンゼアスShuwatchi! Urutoraman Zeasu?)
A two disc release of Ultraman Zearth 1&2 is available on Blu-Ray.
A game adaption of Ultraman Zearth was available in PlayStation.
A 3rd Ultraman Zearth film is planned during the production of Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light, but no progress was made.
- Actors/Actresses from previous Ultraman series made cameos in 2 movies:
- Arashi is a helicopter reporter (which is not too far from what he currently does in real life). In Ultraman Zearth, Hayata is a night watchman (who holds his flashlight up like a Beta Capsule) and in Ultraman Zearth 2 he is a common citizen who tries to transform into Ultraman with a spoon (echoing Hayata's performance from episode 34), Fuji (the only woman who ever catches the MYDO plane taking off from a secret base exit, which happens to be a billboard), Ide (as a photographer), and Captain Muramatsu, as a fisherman. In Ultraman Zearth 2, Ide shows up as the fisherman's son with the a photograph of his dad (actor Akiji Kobayashi, who played Captain Muramatsu, died between films). And finally, in Ultraman Zearth 2, we are treated to a rare cameo reappearance of Jiro Dan, who played Hideki Goh from Return of Ultraman as a telecast reporter on TV.
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