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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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Newscaster
Akira Emoto ...
Kani-Otoko
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Ryô Iwamatsu ...
Kanda
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Storyline

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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Shin'ichi Ichikawa: Striping evil!
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Keep Zebras off the streets and in the zoo!
26 September 2013 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I'd heard about this film a long time ago and had waited eagerly for a chance to watch it.

The premise - a school teacher turning into the TV "Power Ranger" he idolised as a kid, to fight off invading aliens - sounded ideal for a camp, wide-audience genre spoof, but oh man, did it suck.

20 minutes into this, you may start to wonder if someone had access to some old Kamen Rider props, scrawled a plot on a napkin during lunch and said to their mates, "Let's make a film!"

The fact that Miike has such a big cult following (I'm a big fan of a lot of his work... even if I've only seen around 50% of it!) is most likely what drew attention to this disaster in the first place, but does give a valuable lesson to wannabe film-makers in: DO NOT SHOOT YOUR FIRST DRAFT.

If only this unfocused mess of a story had a little bit more time put into it... if the characters drew the viewer in only a little, it may have lived up to its cool premise, but instead, I couldn't bear it any longer after a painful 45 minutes of hoping it would get better and had to turn it off.

A true stinker to avoid.


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