A mild-mannered schoolteacher's obsession with a canceled '70s superhero television show leads him to unexpected challenges and triumphs in Takashi Miike's comic sci-fi adventure film, Zebraman. Veteran character actor Sho… More A mild-mannered schoolteacher's obsession with a canceled '70s superhero television show leads him to unexpected challenges and triumphs in Takashi Miike's comic sci-fi adventure film, Zebraman. Veteran character actor Sho Aikawa, who also starred in the director's Gozu, here plays Shinichi Ichikawa, a meek, blundering schoolteacher. When the sun goes down, and his family goes to bed, he dons a cheap homemade Zebraman costume in tribute to his favorite '70s tokusatsu television program (which was canceled after only a few episodes) and attempts to fight crime. Ichikawa's wife and teenage daughter feel nothing but contempt for him, while his son, a student at his school, is so embarrassed by him that he barely speaks to his father. Meanwhile, there's a strange crime spree in Yokohama, and mysterious malevolent forces seem to be at work. A wheelchair-bound transfer student, Asano, arrives at the school, and Ichikawa soon learns that the boy shares his obsession with Zebraman. He finds himself drawn to Asano's mother, Kana (Kyoka Suzuki), a nurse. Ichikawa's crime-fighting skills mysteriously grow, and he and the boy eventually uncover a sinister plot that could threaten the entire earth. To their great surprise, they learn that the key to stopping the destruction of the planet may be hidden in within the episodes of that treasured old TV show. Zebraman was scripted by Kankur˘ Kud˘ (Ping Pong). The 2004 film had its belated U.S. premiere at the 2007 New York Asian Film Festival, presented by Subway Cinema.