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Zebraman [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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on 25 March 2011
Takashi Miike takes a shot at the tokusatsu genre and gives us the entertaining Zebraman.

In Yachio-ward strange events are happening. Birds are dying, bearded seals are migrating and aliens are hiding in the school. Oh, and there's a man dressed as a crab, running around with some scissors.
During this unusual time, unpopular school-teacher Mr. Ichikawa has a rather strange form of escapism.

Back in the 70's, Ichikawa was a fan of a TV show called Zebraman. Unfortunately as less than 2% of the population tuned in to watch, the show soon got cancelled.

At night Ichikawa dons the titular costume and leaps around his house and pretends to fight criminals, and it's not to long until he decides to venture outside. Although, falling off the roof of his house was a poor start to proceedings. Before long Zebraman encounters Crabman and with the help of a wheelchair-bound student called Shinpei, he begins to realise that his dream of becoming a superhero may be attainable.

Being a superhero isn't easy though, especially for Ichikawa. Not only does he have problems at work but his family life is less than idyllic. His son is bullied, his daughter has become sexually aware and has very bad taste in men and his wife is cheating.
And of course there are aliens to deal with...small, green, gooey aliens. Still, he does have a plethora of special moves available, including the Zebra-screw-punch.

This is a good little film with a message to tell of 'believe in yourself.'
Strangely enough, I did wonder how much the creators of Kick Ass were influenced by this film as there are a few similarities and seeing as this film was made in 2004, it was definitely first. Most notable similarity is the story of a guy wanting to be a superhero especially a scene where Ichikawa, dressed in his costume is striking poses in front of his mirror before exclaiming (well, according to the subtitles) "Kick ass."

Either way, I enjoyed this and am looking forwrad to watching the sequel.
I just wish I could get the theme tune out of my head...shalalala, shalalalala, shalalala...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sho Aikawa stars in his 100th movie and how fitting it should be that the man (Miike) who made him an international B-movie legend was the one to mark this special occasion. Aikawa is cast as school teacher Shinichi who has become emotionally estranged from his entire family; his wife is cheating on him, his daughter seeks the attention of older men and his son is bullied at school because of his fathers teaching position. During Shinichi's childhood he watched his favourite tv programme titled Zebraman and was devastated when it was cancelled after seven shows because of poor ratings. One day in class he notices a boy who has some Zebraman memorabillia on his desk and all his childhood memories come flooding back to him.

Later, he retreats to his bedroom and fantasises about being his favourite superhero and designs his very own Zebraman costum. One night while Shinichi is indulging his new found form of escapism he hears loud panic stricken screams and decides to investigate. Nearby in a dark scummy alley he encounters an alien just like the ones from his favourite show and a mock contest between the two commences. As it transpires the Zebraman show he loved so much in his youth was actually a prophecy/premonition of Shinichi's destiny. An excellent spoof comedy from the master of cinema Miike Takashi and a brilliant performance by Sho Aikawa that will surely delight anyone who was a fan of the original 1960's Batman movie and tv series.
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on 8 October 2013
Honestly I downloaded this film from seeing the trailer online, expecting a hilarious film to watch with mates one night then delete. Instead what I was met with was one of the best superhero films I've ever seen. The acting is great, the fights are choreographed excellently, and the story feels pulled straight from an anime.
Couldn't wait to get my hands on an actual copy of the DVD!
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