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Zebraman (2004)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  15 August 2007 (USA)
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A down-and-out school teacher receives the calling to become the real life personification of an old television superhero, Zebraman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shô Aikawa ...
Shin'ichi Ichikawa / Zeburâman
Kyôka Suzuki ...
Kana Asano
Atsurô Watabe ...
Oikawa at the Defence Agency
Yui Ichikawa ...
Midori, Shin'ichi's daughter
Kôen Kondô ...
Segawa
Naoki Yasukôchi ...
Shinpei Asano
Keisuke Mishima
Yu Tokui
Yôji Tanaka
Arata Furuta ...
Owner of Candy Shop
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Akira Emoto ...
Kani-Otoko
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Ryô Iwamatsu ...
Kanda
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Being a failure as a teacher and a family man, Shinichi tries to escape everyday life by dressing up as "Zebraman", the superhero. Although the TV series was canceled after only 6 episodes, this cannot stop him from acting out his escape fantasy in a self made zebra-suit. He gets more then he could ever wish for when his black-and-white dressed alter-ego seems to be the only thing to stand between absolute (green) evil and a happy ending. Written by Oskar Jalink

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$224,832 (Japan) (13 February 2004)

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$1,012,926 (Japan) (27 February 2004)
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During the introductory section of the film, Shinichi Ichikawa/Zebraman, is watching a parody of Super Sentai/Power Rangers where the hero fights Sadako Yamamura from "The Ring". Ironically, this seems to predict the plot of the 2007 film, "Kamen Rider: The Next", which features a Sadako-like antagonist and a plot similar to "The Ring". See more »

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At the end of the movie, the Colonel (the military officer in charge of the task force that is investigating the alien invasion through out the movie) refers to President Bush in his phone call when the movie takes place in 2010 (two years after Bush's last term in office). See more »

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The Lighter Side Of Super-Heroism
23 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great for the first hour and 20, but needed some serious editing.

A normal family man and school teacher, who is despised by his family, enjoys one thing in his free time. Putting on his specially made Zebraman suit, to celebrate the brief canceled TV-show of the same name he watched as a child. When not being insulted by students, strangers, family, and friends, our hero likes to wear the suit in his bedroom alone and practice his super movies, which is all oddly endearing and funny enough, until townspeople begin showing signs of possession by a mysterious, possibly alien force. Stranger still, it all already happened in the Zebraman TV show, in the 70's. Our school teacher finds himself putting on the suit and attempting to fight crime, failing in spectacular comic fashion at first, before going into "Kung Fu Hustle" overdrive.

The aliens themselves resemble Flubber, except when their possessing innocent people and forcing them to commit crimes for some reason. What begins as a dark comedy about hero-worship, becomes a feel-good over the top find the hero within action comedy.

The problem is it's just too long, it's charming and unique, but the charm just doesn't hold past an hour and a half. One of Miikes more accessible movies, but still chalk full of the absurd images and surreal humor fans have come to expect. Good watching for Miike fans, and those interested in the lighter side of super-heroes and nostalgia, others stay away. Recommend | add comment


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