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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.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Kankurô Kudô (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shô Aikawa ... Shin'ichi Ichikawa / Zeburâman
Kyôka Suzuki Kyôka Suzuki ... Kana Asano
Atsuro Watabe ... Oikawa at the Defence Agency
Yui Ichikawa Yui Ichikawa ... Midori, Shin'ichi's daughter
Kôen Kondô ... Segawa
Naoki Yasukôchi Naoki Yasukôchi ... Shinpei Asano
Makiko Watanabe
Keisuke Mishima Keisuke Mishima
Yu Tokui Yu Tokui
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka
Arata Furuta ... Owner of Candy Shop
Kumiko Asô ... Newscaster
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Kani-Otoko
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Ryô Iwamatsu Ryô Iwamatsu ... Kanda
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Человек-зебра See more »

Filming Locations:

Mitsukaido City, Ibaraki, Japan

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,070,596
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Shin'ichi Ichikawa: Striping evil!
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"Black and white ecstacy!" A must see Miike film.
17 September 2004 | by JohnnyLarocqueSee all my reviews

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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