The Calamari Wrestler

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The Calamari Wrestler
/Ika resuraa
Directed by Minoru Kawasaki
Produced by Shuntaro Kanai
Written by Minoru Kawasaki
Masazaku Migita
Starring Miho Shiraishi
Osamu Nishimura
Akira Nogami
Yoshihiro Takayama
Cinematography Minoru Kawasaki
Edited by Minoru Kawasaki
Imagica Corp.
Distributed by Klock Worx Co.
Release date
  • July 30, 2004 (2004-07-30)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Japan
Language English

The Calamari Wrestler (いかレスラー, Ika resuraa) is a 2004 Japanese film by director Minoru Kawasaki,[1] starring Kana Ishida and Osamu Nishimura.[2]


The plot revolves around a professional wrestler who, after developing a terminal illness, becomes a giant squid-like creature (Osamu Nishimura). As a giant squid, he must battle to reclaim his former life both inside and outside the ring.



Jeannett Catsoulis of The New York Times described the film as goofy and bizarre "yet surprisingly coherent" with "a good-natured charm."[3] Catsoulis commented on the themes of the film noting a "convincing parallel between the anxieties of post-World War II Japan and what the film calls the "utter chaos" of the country today."[3]


  1. ^ Calamari Wrestler - Ika Resuraa (Kawasaki Minoru 2004) :: Japanese
  2. ^ Review at Nippon Cinema
  3. ^ a b Catsoulis, Jeannett (May 13, 2005). "Drawing Strength From a Giant Squid". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2018.

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