Urutoraman Tiga & Urutoraman Daina: Hikari no hoshi no senshi tachi (1998)
Article # 6082 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Kazuya Kanaka
Featuring Takeshi Tsuruno, Ryo Kinomoto, Toshikazu Fukawa
Country : Japan
What it is: Why you should always carry a spare
Evil space aliens steal Earth technology to create a super-monster who defeats Ultraman Dyna in battle. The aliens seek the eradication of the human race. Can Ultraman Dyna prevail, of will he need the help of another Ultraman?
I don’t think that plot description gives too much away; after all, the title promises two ultramen, and when they both manifest themselves, you know it won’t be just to play Mahjong. This may be a movie version of the Ultraman Dyna series, but it could easily have been a three-episode entry in the series. There are humans under the control of aliens, lots of super-powerful guns, the usual inspirational-poster philosophical layer, and you get some pathos from the near-death of Mai, who played the super-cute radio operator on the series. Those already sold on the series will enjoy this best, but I don’t see this movie version creating much in the way of new converts.