Film / Hanuman Vs 7 Ultraman
Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman
(released as The 6 Ultra Brothers v. the Monster Army
in Japan) is Tsuburaya Productions
' first collaboration
with the Thai studio Chaiyo and a rather embarrassing piece of Ultra Series
history that debuted in 1979. Although this was before company figurehead Sompote Sands would try to obtain the franchise through forged legal means, the results are a bit of a mixed bag.
The plot concerns the sun becoming unusually close to the orbit of the Earth, causing massive heatwaves and drought. In Thailand, Dr. Wisut, a rocket scientist and his crew are devising a way to produce artificial rain through specially equipped rockets. Meanwhile, the children of the country pray for rain near a ruined temple, where three thieves plan attempt to steal the head of a holy statue.
A boy named Koh notices and gives chase, before the robbers violently murder him with three bullets at point blank range to the head. Koh is dead, or so it seems. In the Land of Light, the Ultra Brothers and Ultra Mother take notice of the injustice and merge the boy with the Hindu deity Hanuman. Hanuman is sent to earth to take revenge on the robbers and correct the sun's distance to the earth.
Although this calamity has been averted, Dr. Wisut successfully launches the first rocket, though a second must be launched in order to complete the operation. It is launched with Wisut's insistence, but reaches a critical level before it can reach the proper altitude, causing a massive catastrophic chain reaction, causing earthquakes and releasing from the ground five evil monsters (Gomora
, Tyrant, Astromons, Dorobon
, and Dustpan
), who lay waste to the rocket base and battle the air force, which is unsurprisingly vanquished. Hanuman arrives on the scene to fight them and fares pretty well until the monsters gang up on him and Gomora traps him within an energy ball.
It seems Hanuman is defeated, until Ultraman, Zoffy
, Ultraman Jack
, Ultraman Ace
, and Ultraman Taro
are sent as reinforcement and free him. The tides turn again, monster after monster defeated by them. Gomora almost gains the upper hand again, but his powers are destroyed by the Ultra Brothers combined energy rays. Hanuman and the Ultras have good fun beating Gomora into the ground in a rather sadistic fashion, until Hanuman finally slices him in half with an energy cutter. With their job on earth done, Hanuman and the Ultra Brothers say farewell and part ways.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese 6 Ultra Brothers cut has "Bokura no Urutoraman", a sharp contrast to the borderline traditional Thai theme song for 7 Ultraman.
- Canon Immigrant: Dustpan is the only monster that appears to not be from the Ultra Series, having originally appeared in another Tsuburaya Productions series, Mirrorman.
- Creator Cameo: Sompote Sands himself appears as a photographer at the rocket base.
- The Face of the Sun: The God of the Sun
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Koh's death and the robbers getting crushed like ketchup packets. The Japanese version and the Thai recut removes the last robber's death.
- Don't forget the monsters. Gomora gets sliced in half, Astromons and Dustpan have their heads and arms cut off, and Dorobon gets his skin ripped off of his body
- Gratuitous English: Used by Ultraman when thanking Hanuman.
- Man Hug: Hanuman to all the Ultramen in the end.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Gomora. In the original Ultraman, he was just a simple, but formidable dinosaur with no special abilities, but here, he's capable of breathing fire, shooting energy rays from its crests, trapping his opponents in energy balls, flight, and warping reality to cause major cataclysms, such as typhoons and volcanic eruptions, and confuse Ultraman and Hanuman.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Sipuak and Sisuliya, who work at the rocket base, are constantly seen goofing off.