Zebraman (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 15, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

Its odd clash of shifting sensibilities is just as often wearisome as engaging.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Utterly delightful...a loving spoof on the Ultraman tradition of 1960s and '70s low-budget Japanese TV superheroes.

Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

This is something you could take your whole family to see.

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

...it also has an undeniable charm, and the kitschy, CGI-enhanced special effects add greatly to the amusement factor.

Time Out

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.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Will probably play best to fanboys who love Power Rangers and Ultraman.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A downtrodden schoolteacher, a disabled boy and a government agent suffering from an embarrassing itch are the unlikely heroes of Zebraman.

Mark R. Leeper

This is a dark and yet playful look at the superhero genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
When amorphous green aliens invade Yokohama, a wimpy schoolteacher dons the costume of an obscure TV superhero to fight them. A bit too much drama and… More
A.D. Villarreal
Miike turns to superheroes and for the most part succeeds. It's extremely slow at times but never becomes outright boring. The last 30 minutes really… More
JY Skacto
Takashi Miike is a really hard director to place a genre on because he is all over the map with his films. <i>Zebraman</i> is one of those with no… More
Anthony Valletta
Oh so funny. Who would have guessed the director of "Ichi The Killer" could turn around and do something so lighthearted and whimsical.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
You can't say no to a movie with Sho Aikawa in a superheroe outfit fighting aliens, tokosatsu-style. Some pacing issues keep this from being better,… More
Christopher Brown
One of Miike's lesser outings is still quite watchable with a great performance by the always reliable Aikawa. And you gotta love his theme song.