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Zebraman
     

Zebraman

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Director: Takashi Miike

Cast: Sho Aikawa, Kyoka Suzuki, Teruyoshi Uchimura

 

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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

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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 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 only six episodes of the series ever aired, the nobility of the character has stuck with 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 a 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 Shinichi 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.

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All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Even when Takashi Miike is in "family-friendly" mode, there is something disturbing about his work. Like John Waters toning down for Hairspray, Miike is capable of eschewing the shocking, but even in such good-natured fantasy films as The Great Yokai War and this one, Zebraman, something of his discomfiting bizarre aesthetic remains. While Zebraman is an exuberantly nostalgic superhero story, calling to mind the simple pleasures of watching men in silly costumes battle each other on television programs like Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and (for American audiences) Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, because it's a Miike film, it also features body cavities filled with glowing green gore, a government agent with an itchy STD, and a minor villain who has a distinctly unwholesome relationship with the hero's teenaged daughter. The wackiness doesn't feel forced -- this is a Miike film, after all -- but it loses a bit of steam as the storyline becomes more linear in the second half and Shinichi (Sho Aikawa) begins to understand what he's up against. Nonetheless, in addition to the same type of triumphant underdog story that screenwriter Kankurô Kudô captured in Ping Pong, and a wonderful deadpan performance from Aikawa, Zebraman captures the childlike sense of wonder of those misspent Saturday mornings and the impact of those shared memories and childhood ideals on who we become as adults. This is as close as Miike comes to "feel-good" entertainment, and it feels pretty good.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2012
UPC:
0631595121681
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Tokyo Shock
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
51,949

Special Features

Trailer for 1978 TV series Singer of Zebraman theme song Hero show Special announcement Theatrical trailer TV spots Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sho Aikawa Shinichi/Zebraman
Kyoka Suzuki Kana
Teruyoshi Uchimura Ippongi
Yui Ichikawa Midori
Koen Kondo Segawa
Akira Emoto Kani-Otoko
Atsuro Watabe Actor
Naoki Yasukouchi Actor
Makiko Watanabe Actor
Yoshima Mishima Actor
Yu Tokui Actor
Yoji Tanaka Actor

Technical Credits
Takashi Miike Director
Koji Endo Score Composer
Shigeyuki Endo Producer
Kumi Fukuchi Producer
Tsuguo Hattori Co-producer
Takashi Hirajo Executive Producer
Kankuro Kudo Screenwriter
Mitsuru Kurosawa Executive Producer
Yoshiya Obara Sound/Sound Designer
Makoto Okada Co-producer
Akira Sakamoto Production Designer
Taiji Shimamura Editor
Kazunari Tanaka Cinematographer
Keiji Tsuji Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zebraman
1. Chapter 1 [5:03]
2. Chapter 2 [6:15]
3. Chapter 3 [6:41]
4. Chapter 4 [7:36]
5. Chapter 5 [8:03]
6. Chapter 6 [6:50]
7. Chapter 7 [5:48]
8. Chapter 8 [13:40]
9. Chapter 9 [10:08]
10. Chapter 10 [7:36]
11. Chapter 11 [9:22]
12. Chapter 12 [4:12]
13. Chapter 13 [10:00]
14. Chapter 14 [4:57]
15. Chapter 15 [3:56]
16. Chapter 16 [4:12]
17. Chapter 17 [3:09]
18. Chapter 18 [:05]

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