"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

Thursday, January 17, 2013

2013 IS 1973: JUMBORG ACE『ジャンボーグA』
January 17, 1973 - December 29, 1973


Current DVD release from Toei Video. ©Tsuburaya Productions

JUMBORG ACE was the second of three visual effects series produced in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Tsuburaya Productions in 1973. Jumborg Ace is given to mankind by benevolent Ultraman-like beings to fight evil invaders who threaten to conquer the Earth. Transmogrifying from an ordinary-looking Cessna aircraft, the pilot operates this giant cyborg in a similar fashion to the Jaegers in Guillermo Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM (2013). A re-imagined version of Jumborg Ace, named "Jean-bot", appeared in the feature film, ULTRAMAN ZERO: THE REVENGE OF BELIAL (2010).

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