Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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I won't try to decipher too much of the story here, though I'll give it an honest try. It's 2010, and Zebraman just saved Japan (and the greater Earth at large) from an alien invasion ... or so he thinks. One of the parasitic green critters survives - hiding inside the body of a young girl - but, before our hero can do anything about it, he's captured by a new menace: a mad scientist bent on splitting Zebraman into two beings, one that's good and one that's evil. Flash forward to 2025, and Zebraman's alter ego wakes up with amnesia ... but it doesn't take long for the doddering school teacher to realize the danger of Zebra Queen, Zebra Police, and Zebra Time! It's a freakish dystopian tomorrow where techno-pop evil dance princesses rule the day, and survival of the fittest means that, for five minutes every day, lawlessness prevails across Japan in order to provide a balance to the new social order the other 23 hours and 55 minutes requires.
Like I said, I won't try to decipher too much from it ...
That said, Z2 plays out like a bit of an epic B movie.Read more ›
This movie is a classic examply of Japanese cinema embracing style over substance and quality story telling. I would recommend renting this, but I definately regret purchasing this. I would definately get Zebraman over this any day.
The original was a tale of a obsessive shut-in teacher with dreams of being a super-hero. Everything that made that movie great is not in this film. It's worth a watch, but don't set your expectations very high.
Taking place in 2010, the film would feature a story about a 3rd grade teacher and family man named Shinichi Ichikawa who's life is not going all that great. His wife cheats on him, his teenage daughter dates older men and his son is constantly bullied because his father is a teacher. His students disrespect him. Life, is not a happy one for Shinichi.
In order to get away from life, he dresses up at night as "Zebraman", a character from an unpopular 1970's tokusatsu TV series that he watched as a child. While crimes and murders occur near the school that he teaches, Shinichi decides to confront these criminals as Zebraman but quickly learns that these criminals are actually possessed by aliens and somehow, he absorbs a special power to take on the aliens.
As the film was enjoyed by many, Miike decided to create a second film but this time taking place in 2025, 15 years after the events of "Zebraman".
This time around, Tokyo has been taken control of governor Kozo Aihara (played by Guadalcanal Taka) who has significantly cut crime in Japan and because of what he accomplished, to further cut down the crime, he has merged Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and surrounding areas and renamed the region as Zebra City.
At 5:00 AM/PM, the government has allowed for "Zebra Time", in which Zebra police and his Zebra Mini-Skirt Police can attack and kill any presumed criminal. And during "Zebra Time", his daughter Yui/the Zebra Queen played by Riisa Naka) performs for her audience and is a major pop star, while behind-the-scenes, she is a sadistic and psychotic woman!Read more ›
Miike and writer Kankuro Kudo, who also penned the original, had a significantly larger budget this go around and used it everywhere he could. The fights are bigger, the effects are more explosive, and everything is flashier. But even though the sequel was clearly far more expensive than the original, Attack on Zebra City still retains the cheap esthetic of the "Giant Robot" movies and television shows that have been forever popular in Japan. With an eye pointed firmly on Ultraman and its imitators, Miike simultaneously mimics and mocks the genre, with all the bad wire work, foam rubber costumes, and flashing lights that come along with it. Miike and Kudo went even farther than that, though. As they should, the non-super people in the film revere Zebraman with unwavering respect and gratitude. In tribute to his heroism, a television show is made about his exploits and this Zebraman rendition is even more ridiculous than the reality. Plus, the actor who played the hero on the show gets into the act, believing that he was somehow granted some of Zebraman's powers to very good effect.Read more ›
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im only giving part 2; 5 stars because of its fan services.but still deserves more.
murder,mayhem,tits,boom-chika boom-chika music,and jokes galore. Read more
I'm a definite fan of these movies now. Don't go into this movie expecting something super serious; just roll with it and have fun!Published on January 10, 2014 by DisreputableDog
A bit bummed that the Blu-ray/DVD combo came in the larger DVD sized case and not the smaller Blu-ray case.Published on December 13, 2013 by WiLL
The original Zebraman was a strange film, which is basically what you'd expect from Director Takashi Miike. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Preston Tucker
i liked the first zebraman when it came out. it was good. so i bought zebraman 2. but zebraman 2 was not what i expected. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by koaboy1