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Zebraman (2004)

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 overview, first billed only:
Shô Aikawa ...
Kyôka Suzuki ...
Kana Asano
Atsuro Watabe ...
Oikawa at the Defence Agency
Yui Ichikawa ...
Midori, Shin'ichi's daughter
Kôen Kondô ...
Naoki Yasukôchi ...
Shinpei Asano
Keisuke Mishima
Yu Tokui
Yôji Tanaka
Owner of Candy Shop
Kumiko Asô ...
Akira Emoto ...
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Ryô Iwamatsu ...


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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Release Date:

15 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Человек-зебра  »

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Opening Weekend:

$224,832 (Japan), 13 February 2004, Limited Release
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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Shin'ichi Ichikawa: Striping evil!
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Spoofs Kairo (2001) See more »

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Not the usual Takashi Miike standard...
20 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

I purchased this movie from Amazon simply because it was a Takashi Miike film, but now having seen it, I am just disappointed - to say the least.

"Zebraman" is nowhere near the usual league that director Takashi Miike moves around it. There is just not the same level of action, violence, character build, or same feeling and atmosphere that he usually have to his movies.

The story is rather plain and tends to drift a bit, leaving the audience (well, me, at least) sort of seeking excitement elsewhere. There is just very little in the movie to get worked up over and get your thrills from.

Of course, every director can't keep striking gold every time they touch something, and I suppose this was a strike out from Takashi Miike.

I will say that the people hired for the various roles throughout the movie were doing good enough jobs with their given characters. And also, the characters were extreme enough to be out there, I mean, just look at their costumes.

If you enjoy superhero movies where the heroes have no superhero powers, then there are some better choices out there. American movies, sure, but better choices nonetheless.

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