Daikessen! Cho Urutora Hachi Urutora Kyodai [lit. Decisive Battle! The Eight Super Ultra Brothers] (2008; dir. Takeshi Yagi)
When eight Ultramen — Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Mebius, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace — get together you just known there’s going to be monster trouble. In the new Ultraman movie — a box-office hit even though it doesn’t open in Japan for several months — a slew of daikaiju weirdos turn up to cause trouble and to trash buildings.
On hand are:
King Gesura (from the original 1966 “Ultraman” series)
King Pandon from the “Ultra Seven” series (1967):
Super Alien Hipporito from “Ultraman Ace” (1972):
King Silvergon (from the 1997 film Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Dyna) and King Goldoras (from the “Ultraman Tiga” series) join Super Alien Hipporito for some nasty business:
I love the monsters of Ultraman — they are so outlandishly ridiculous. Here realism doesn’t matter a damn and absurdity is raised to the level of ritual.
And the Ultra heroes are always there, ritualistically, to stand against them:
Read James Ballard’s excellent article on SciFi Japan for more details regarding the plot and the Decisive Battle! The Eight Super Ultra Brothers production.