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Zebraman (2007)

Zebraman (2007)




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A mild-mannered schoolteacher's obsession with a canceled '70s superhero television show leads him to unexpected challenges and triumphs in Takashi Miike's comic sci-fi adventure film, Zebraman. Veteran character actor Sho Aikawa, who also starred in the director's Gozu, here plays Shinichi Ichikawa, a meek, blundering schoolteacher. When the sun goes down, and his family goes to bed, he dons a cheap homemade Zebraman costume in tribute to his favorite '70s tokusatsu television program (which was canceled after only a few episodes) and attempts to fight crime. Ichikawa's wife and teenage daughter feel nothing but contempt for him, while his son, a student at his school, is so embarrassed by him that he barely speaks to his father. Meanwhile, there's a strange crime spree in Yokohama, and mysterious malevolent forces seem to be at work. A wheelchair-bound transfer student, Asano, arrives at the school, and Ichikawa soon learns that the boy shares his obsession with Zebraman. He finds himself drawn to Asano's mother, Kana (Kyoka Suzuki), a nurse. Ichikawa's crime-fighting skills mysteriously grow, and he and the boy eventually uncover a sinister plot that could threaten the entire earth. To their great surprise, they learn that the key to stopping the destruction of the planet may be hidden in within the episodes of that treasured old TV show. Zebraman was scripted by Kankur˘ Kud˘ (Ping Pong). The 2004 film had its belated U.S. premiere at the 2007 New York Asian Film Festival, presented by Subway Cinema.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kankur˘ Kud˘
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2008
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Sho Aikawa
as Shinichi/Zebraman
Akira Emoto
as Kani-Otoko
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Critic Reviews for Zebraman

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

...it also has an undeniable charm, and the kitschy, CGI-enhanced special effects add greatly to the amusement factor.

September 10, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Utterly delightful...a loving spoof on the Ultraman tradition of 1960s and '70s low-budget Japanese TV superheroes.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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."

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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