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Zebraman

Zebraman (2004)

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50

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 5

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70

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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A nebbish father and schoolteacher finds the courage to face both his personal issues and a horde of invading aliens after assuming the guise of an unpopular television superhero in maverick Japanese director Takashi Miike's warmhearted comedy. Nice guy Shinichi (Sho Aikawa) just can't seem to find the respect he so readily deserves -- he's cuckolded at home, his son is constantly harassed by bullies, and his teenage daughter is always willing to sell her body to the highest bidder. In order to

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (7) | DVD (2)

Its odd clash of shifting sensibilities is just as often wearisome as engaging.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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...it also has an undeniable charm, and the kitschy, CGI-enhanced special effects add greatly to the amusement factor.

September 10, 2007
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Frequent readers may have noticed my fondness for films by Japanese cult director Takashi Miike. So it pains me to report that his Zebraman is a disappointment.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Utterly delightful...a loving spoof on the Ultraman tradition of 1960s and '70s low-budget Japanese TV superheroes.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Miike directs with due care and attention and comes up with the odd striking image, but the material is so inert that nothing can stifle yawns.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A downtrodden schoolteacher, a disabled boy and a government agent suffering from an embarrassing itch are the unlikely heroes of Zebraman.

August 15, 2007
New York Times
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This is something you could take your whole family to see.

August 18, 2007
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Will probably play best to fanboys who love Power Rangers and Ultraman.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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This is a dark and yet playful look at the superhero genre.

August 17, 2007 Full Review
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Though featuring cheapo special effects, phony-looking fight scenes and cornball dialogue, this throwback is readily recommended for anyone who might enjoy a campy cross of Mothra and The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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Like the faux gays from Japan's defense agency, Miike refuses to get real, but his gonzo, punch-drunk surrealism has never felt so arbitrary.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Zebraman

When amorphous green aliens invade Yokohama, a wimpy schoolteacher dons the costume of an obscure TV superhero to fight them. A bit too much drama and character development for an action/comedy, but there are enough of director Miike's trademark weird sequences, without his sometimes off-putting perversity, to make this (mostly) kid-friendly effort interesting.
February 7, 2009
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Greg S

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Takashi Miike is a really hard director to place a genre on because he is all over the map with his films. Zebraman is one of those with no R-rated material, but it is just as out there as any other Miike movie. Well, not totally out there. It is fairly easy to make sense out of this, although it is without question, different. Heck, look at the title. Zebraman.People tend to label this picture as a comedic superhero flick. This movie does have its share of laughs, but there is a serious tone behind it all. It is Miike's abstractness and out of the blue scenes that get the laughs, while at the same time bringing out a "what the h***?" look. I can't believe I'm saying this, but the lack of these types of scenes is a letdown. That leaves this 115 minute film a little bland and slow going.In a film with "Power Ranger" type costumes, there is a place for CG. At times the CG is quite brilliant and at others it doesn't look all that great, but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter. Miike's little green men have this cute but sinister look going for them. They actually look pretty darn cool in my book.Sho Aikawa dressing up as Zebraman is pretty hilarious to see. The attractive Kyoka Suzuki is a little weird in here, but so is everything else. She does look good as "Zebranurse." The rest of the supporting cast is OK.Zebraman is a hard movie to pass up for Miike fans. Take my advice and just watch it. "Turn on the black and white."
January 4, 2009
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JY Skacto

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You can't say no to a movie with Sho Aikawa in a superheroe outfit fighting aliens, tokosatsu-style. Some pacing issues keep this from being better, neverless, good ol fun. Zebra-nurse was hot.
July 20, 2008
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