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Director:
Writer:
Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 August 2007 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A down-and-out school teacher receives the calling to become the real life personification of an old television superhero, Zebraman. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"Black and white ecstacy!" A must see Miike film. See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Shô Aikawa ... Shin'ichi Ichikawa / Zeburâman
Kyôka Suzuki ... Kana Asano
Atsuro Watabe ... Oikawa at the Defence Agency
Yui Ichikawa ... Midori, Shin'ichi's daughter
Kôen Kondô ... Segawa
Naoki Yasukôchi ... Shinpei Asano

Makiko Watanabe
Keisuke Mishima
Yu Tokui
Yôji Tanaka
Arata Furuta ... Owner of Candy Shop
Kumiko Asô ... Newscaster
Akira Emoto ... Kani-Otoko
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Ryô Iwamatsu ... Kanda
Ren Ôsugi ... Kuroda, vice principle
Teruyoshi Uchimura ... Ippongi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daisuke Iijima
Miyako Kawahara
Marianne Miller ... Kazuki (voice: English version)
Yûta Sone (as Hideki Sone)

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)

Produced by
Shigeyuki Endô .... planner
Kumi Fukuchi .... planner
Akio Hattori .... producer
Takashi Hirano .... executive producer: TBS
Mitsuru Kurosawa .... executive producer: Toei/Tôei
Makoto Okada .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
 
Cinematography by
Kazunari Tanaka 
Kazushige Tanaka (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Yasushi Shimamura 
 
Production Design by
Akira Sakamoto 
 
Production Management
Christian Alexander Morán .... post-production manager (english version) (as Christian Alexander Moran)
 
Sound Department
Yoshiya Obara .... sound
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
 
Visual Effects by
Misako Saka .... CGI producer
 
Stunts
Lance Masa .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Takeshi Ikeda .... still photographer
Seiichirô Mieno .... lighting director
 
Other crew
David Beinlich .... video encoding
Christian Alexander Morán .... post-production project manager (as Christian Alexander Moran)
Hiromitsu Soma .... picture continuity
 

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115 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Shin'ichi Ichikawa:Striping evil!See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Ringu (1998)See more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
"Black and white ecstacy!" A must see Miike film., 17 September 2004
Author: JohnnyLarocque from Toronto, Canada

Takashi Miike never disappoints. His latest film to the Toronto Film Festival is ZEBRAMAN, a story about a father (Shinichi) who no longer has a family, or a life. His wife is having an affair, his daughter is a slut (no wonder, she's cute as hell), and his son is bullied at the school where he teaches. Even the other students think he is a geek. Shinichi spends all of his free time fantasizing about a show he watched as a kid called Zebraman, that was cancelled after only a few episodes due to low ratings. He even goes as far as to make his own Zebraman costume, and that's when the fun truly begins.

As the Earth is invaded by aliens (what did you expect) Shinichi is called into action as Zebraman and he transforms from mild mannered teacher to Earth's last hope. Think PowerRangers but with odd and hilarious dialogue ("Don't stand ... behind me."). But first he spends some much needed time in front of a mirror practicing his shouts ("Black and White Ecstacy!"), costume spliting poses, and signature attacks like the "Zebra Double Back Kick". I admit I was sold as soon as he beat the crap out of a guy wearing a giant crab mask on his head. I laughed the hardest at the introduction of ZebraNurse, though.

This is a different kind of film than what you'd expect from Miike. The characters are warm and lovable, and no one gets injured (with the exception of an easily re-grown arm, "Thanks ... ZebraNurse!"). Which shows the kind of range this cult director has. My only regret was that Takashi Miike wasn't present to witness a world class response to this outrageously funny film. (9/10)

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