A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.
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
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 »
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 »
Very entertaining super hero genre spoof that spoofs Japanese' own super hero likes of Kamen Rider.
The premise is ridiculous. An elementary school teacher who idolized Zebraman TV series when he was a kid decides to wear Zebraman costume. Then suddenly he does have super powers, and goes out to battle the bad aliens that's covertly infesting his town !
The movie has elements of other movies Miike has directed. There're element of violence, element of a B movie, but is focused to entertain their intended audiences. In a way he's like Japanese version of Roger Corman.
The movie is fun, and that seems to be the focus of it all. Just go along for the ride, and you'll be entertained.
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