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"The special effects are quality fun...and the story boasts the offbeat genre twists Miike lovers clamber for." -Variety
"A headspinning delight...It's goofy as hell but devilishly smart about it, which is why it's such great fun" -Premiere
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
A downtrodden schoolteacher, a disabled boy and a government agent suffering from an embarrassing itch: these are the unlikely heroes of Zebraman, Takashi Miike's bizarre detour from ultraviolence into family fare. It's 2010, and all is not well in the Yachiyo ward of Yokohama. Rape and arson are on the increase, bearded seals are swimming upriver and a crustacean-headed serial killer is on the loose. When reports of more "nonhuman life forms" begin to circulate, Japanís defense agency dispatches fabulously inept "Men in Black"-style agents including the one with the itch to investigate. Also on the case is Ichikawa Sho Aikawa, a mild-mannered teacher who, along with his disabled student, is obsessed with a long-canceled television show about a superhero named Zebraman. Donning a homemade zebra suit and a new heroic identity, Ichikawa sets out to save his district. (New York Times)
Directed by Takeshi Miike, Japan, 2004, 35mm, 115 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.