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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Its odd clash of shifting sensibilities is just as often wearisome as engaging."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Utterly delightful...a loving spoof on the Ultraman tradition of 1960s and '70s low-budget Japanese TV superheroes."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"This is something you could take your whole family to see."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Though featuring cheapo special effects, phony-looking fight scenes and cornball dialogue, this throwback is readily recommended for anyone who might enjoy a campy cross of Mothra and The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"...it also has an undeniable charm, and the kitschy, CGI-enhanced special effects add greatly to the amusement factor."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Will probably play best to fanboys who love Power Rangers and Ultraman."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like the faux gays from Japan's defense agency, Miike refuses to get real, but his gonzo, punch-drunk surrealism has never felt so arbitrary."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A downtrodden schoolteacher, a disabled boy and a government agent suffering from an embarrassing itch are the unlikely heroes of Zebraman."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"This is a dark and yet playful look at the superhero genre."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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