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The Calamari Wrestler (2004)
"Ika resuraa" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  13 May 2005 (USA)
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Ultraman meets Pro Wrestling, it had to happen.
23 August 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

It's surprising that this idea wasn't done earlier. Given that your average Japanese "Kaiju" TV show is all about guys in monster suits wrestling with each other.

A giant squid (in wrestling boots) humiliates the champion wrestler of Japan. The only recourse is a rematch but how can a human wrestle with a giant talking invertebrate? There are no bones to grapple. Is the squid a reincarnation of the previous champion and who is the squid's mysterious trainer? How far is the champion willing to go to defend his honor? Will his fiancé fall in love with the squid?

A delight to watch. The entire cast is having a great time, one actor can't keep a smile off his face. The first half hour is brilliant, the remainder great fun. Lots of jokes that translate well into English. The fights are silly but not much sillier than your average pro wrestling match.

Interestingly, the rubber monster suits wrestling in a ring has been done here in the US for quite a while by the crazy performing group "Kaiju Big Battel", look them up.

Recommended, especially to wrestling fans and Japanese monster fans.


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