Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (2010)

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Quite a change of style
Reviewed by Simon on 2023-02-07

15 years after Zebraman saved the world from alien invaders and became an icon he has largely been forgotten, even by himself, even though Tokyo is now called Zebra City and is subject to Zebra Time - 5 minutes twice a day where any crime is legal, but the masked Zebra Police can shoot anyone without repercussion. This is nothing to do with Zebraman, as it turns out - it is the work of Zebra Queen, a pop star and model whose father is the city governor.

This loose sequel to one of my favourite Takashi Miike films, Zebraman, leaps forward in time and into dystopian sci-fi. It has a different vibe to the original, which was kind of wholesome for a Miike film. This one is darker (not that the original was all lightness) - yet also exceedingly camp, a tricky juggling act.

It feels bigger budget, with some quite elaborate sequences, and is visually striking. It's not as thoughtful though, and though it does contain some classic Miike moments it doesn't cohere into something that's greater than the sum of its parts and is ultimately not as much fun.