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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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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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Aside from a little lull here and there, this film is terrific
5 October 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Takashi Miike is a very, very difficult director to label. Some of his films have been incredibly violent and gory (such as ICHI THE KILLER and AUDITION)--so much so that I could never recommend them. Some of his films have been strange and highly enjoyable comedies (especially HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS). In recent years, his films have even tended towards being children's movies (such as his Ultraman series on TV and THE GREAT YOKAI WAR). Because of this wide, wide range of films, I was apprehensive to watch ZEBRAMAN, as I had no idea what type of Miike film it would be. Fortunately, it was a blend of both his weird quirky films AND his excellent family-friendly films.

Here in ZEBRAMAN, you have the story of a very nerdy elementary school teacher who secretly longs to be his TV hero, Zebraman. It seems that in the 70s, Zebraman was a very short-lived show and the guy has loved it ever since. This isn't so odd, but the fact that he's made a Zebraman costume and imagines himself to be this great superhero is!! What makes it even weirder is where it all goes next--into a strange and surreal direction that I just didn't anticipate. Rest assured, the direction is very odd and it involves this nerd having to save the planet from evil aliens!!!

The film is all in good fun and does it all tongue in cheek--never taking itself too seriously. Excellent direction and a nice story make this a winner--even if there are a few lulls here and there before the crazy and very exciting conclusion.


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