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!