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Genre: Action/Children
Starring: Hiroshi Nagano, Takami Yoshimoto
Director: -
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2000








Languages: Japanese/Cantonese/
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Malay
Sound: -
Running Time: -
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Four gigantic warriors locked in a titanic combat will decide the fate of Planet Earth. The Warriors of Darkness have returned. Their mission is to rid the world of the menace known as mankind. Agent Daigo, of the Global Unlimited Task Squad, once uses the ancient power and transforms himself into Ultraman Tiga, a twenty storey tall warrior with muscles of hardened steel. Has Ultraman Tiga become a Warrior of Darkness?


The release of ULTRAMAN MEBIUS & ULTRAMAN BROTHERS must have sparked some sort of revival interest for the Ultraman franchise in Singapore as Scorpio East were stocking up our local retail stores with more installments of Ultraman’s movies. An interesting point to note is that Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers was the last Ultraman movie that been released and in order to cater to the demand for more Ultraman’s movies, Scorpio East digs deep into the Ultraman franchise and brought back Ultraman Tiga The Final Odyssey from the year 2000. The result was a rather mixed bag as this movie offered something different from the usual Ultraman movies but yet was no where as satisfying as Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers.

While the previous movie jumps straight into action and has very little continuity issues for the viewers to deal with, Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey placed more emphasize on storyline from the television series that involves the humans from the special task forces that we always see looming around Ultraman and contain very little “Ultra” actions until the last 30 minutes of the movie.

On one hand, it’s a refreshing change to see the human counterparts in Ultraman’s movies taking up a more prominent role in defending earth from the devious monsters and it was also even mildly intriguing to see a depowered Ultraman’s human host involved in a tricky triangle love affair but ultimately, Ultraman’s movie goers want to see the Ultraman combating Monsters with cities being destroyed in the process which is served much too little and too late in this movie.

One reason that why this Ultraman spend most of the movie time in his human form (Daigo Madoka ) could be that the actor playing Daigo was Hiroshi Nagano, band member of a popular Japanese pop group V6. It’s hard not to see why the film makers want to capitalize on Hiroshi Nagano’s fame as a V6 band member to draw in fans into Ultraman’s fandom but for those who are coming from the Ultraman’s camp, it just felt odd and unnecessary long.

Another unsatisfactory aspect of this movie had to do with the lack of explanation of the design of Ultraman Tiga. It’s the first time that the design of an Ultraman that include non red colors and this Ultraman’s suit comes in a variety of color mode. The ideology behind the few different color suits was that each version represents the different combat mode that Ultraman Tiga is in. For example, when Ultraman Tiga suit is primarily red, it represent that it’s in the Power Mode and his power here is focus on strength which also makes him relatively slower or when the suit is in it’s primarily purple version, it meant he is in it’s speed mode. It’s an interesting addition to this Ultraman’s mythos but it was never explained in the movie to new viewers (like me).

Given that this movie was done when the studio was trying to reboot the Ultraman’s franchise by revamping these classical iconic characters and while this is not as good as the previous Ultraman movie released locally on Dvd format, Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey is still worth a spin on the player for Ultraman fans to witness the restructure process.




The disc comes equipped with Japanese, Cantonese and Malay language options.



Review by Richard Lim Jr



Other titles from Scorpio East:

. Jump In

. Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers

. Love And Honor

. Ming Ming

. Primeval

. Forest of Death

. The Fox and the Hound 2

. The Fox and the Hound

. Dumbo

. One Last Dance

. Protege

. The Curse of the Golden Flower

. A Battle Of Wits

. Rain Dogs

. Heavenly Mission

. Exiled

. Operation Undercover

. Diary

. Fatal Contact

. Singapore Dreaming

. Rob-B-Hood

. On The Edge

. The World's Fastest Indian

. Dragon Tiger Gate

. Unarmed Combat

. Crazy Stone

. Election 2

. We Are Family

. I Not Stupid Too

. The Shoe Fairy

. 2 Becomes 1

. 49 Days


. Dragon Eye Congee

. A Chinese Tall Story

. Perhaps Love


. Election

. The Myth

. Wait 'Til You're Older

. The Maid


This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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