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The Calamari Wrestler

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Tasty Japanese flick

  • Jan 27, 2009
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Yes, yes, yes, I enjoyed THE CALAMARI WRESTLER and I'm proud of it! Let's face it folks, if you order this movie you either must have SOME idea of what you're in for or you have an I.Q. that's below sea level. Everything about it is exactly what I expected it to be--almost. I have to admit that the final showdown in the arena did have a big surprise that I wasn't anticipating but that was just an added bonus. If you're looking for golden age Japanese entertainment that the whole family can enjoy, this is it.

The story? Professional wrestling champ Kanichi Iwata (played by Osamu Nishimura) contracted a fatal disease but took a miracle cure that left him to live the rest of his life as a giant squid--provided that he didn't let any nasty human emotions enter his head. Iwata can't keep away from the ring however, and he returns just in time to snatch the championship belt away from his biggest competitor Akira (Koji Taguchi). Things are complicated even further by the the fact that Akira is romancing Iwata's ex-girl friend Miyako (played by Kana Ishida) and even confesses to her that he wanted her just because she had once belonged to Iwata! To make a long story short Akira winds up as an Octopus colored something between Shocking Pink and Windsor Rose and another challenger comes on the scene to give them both grief--some kind of giant crustacean! As one seafood loving newsman says, The final showdown match should prove to be very delicious!
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April 18, 2010
LOL! This one looks like quite a film! I'm not sure I will watch it, but I thought your review was really fun to read. What a movie idea!
April 18, 2010
The scenes where he's with his girlfriend are adorable.
 
April 18, 2010
It must have been fun! A giant squid eh? LOL! I certainly can imagine having some men turned squid... :D
April 18, 2010
I liked the evil crustacean myself.
 
February 04, 2009
Someone else suggested a film that's on my Netflix list. Caan't quite remember the title right now but its about a Koala in upper management.
 
February 01, 2009
No, is that a recent release or an oldie? I like the possibilities that the title conjures up. Trashie was certain that you MUST have seen this.
 
February 01, 2009
Yep, I have seen this and I am so happy that Karen had expressed her thoughts on it. Asian cinema is such a wide selection---I need all the help I can get! Nice work, my friend. Have you seen "Karaoke Terror"?
 
January 27, 2009
I'm curious to see if Woop has seen this one too, Trashie. Its hard to believe he hasn't since he's seen everything else. Literally.
 
January 27, 2009
Its good for a giggle or two. And the ending sort of reminded me of the scene in TOOTSIE when Dustin Hoffman rips off his wig on the soap opera and starts ad libbing his characters real history to the horror of everyone else.
 
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