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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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