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Zebraman (2004)

Cast: Keiji Tsuji, Sho Aikawa, Sho Aikawa, more...
Director: Takashi Miike, Takashi Miike
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Tokyo Shock
Genre: Action, Comedies, Foreign, Japan, Adventure, Superheroes
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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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 cuckold at home, his son is constantly harassed by bullies, and is teenage daughter is always willing to sell her body to the highest bidder. In order to escape from his depressive reality, Shinichi frequently slips into his private room and dons his patchwork Zebraman costume. As a child Shinichi loved Zebraman, and despite the fact that six episodes of the series ever aired the nobility of the character has stuck with the Shinichi well into adulthood. One night, while Shinichi is prowling the streets in his Zebraman costume, he comes across the frightful Crabman - a perverted villain with crab head and a dangerous pair of scissors. Already in character, Shinichi acts on his Zebraman instincts and effectively employs the Zebraman back kick. Later, Shinichi strikes up a friendship with handicapped transfer student and fellow Zebraman fan Asano, and begins to develop feelings for the boy's pretty and kindhearted mother. Suspecting that an alien takeover may be at hand when a horde of squishy extraterrestrial invaders begin possessing the locals and claiming the lives of young girls, the fledgling superhero leaps into action. While at first Shinchi bumbles in his attempts to keep the town safe from these strange beings, it doesn't take long for him to develop the confidence that will allow him to truly take on the persona of his childhood hero and fully realize his Zebraman powers. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Hero worship can be bad for your health by eberber November 18, 2009 - 12:41 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this film. It was comical when it intended to be, and serious (for such a goofball concept) when it need to be. You get a feel for the characters, some more than others but I'm being picky. The only thing i can say about this film that annoyed me is that runs a bit long and some scenes drag. Other than that, a fun film to just relax and enjoy.

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(Average 7.44)
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