The Calamari Wrestler
|The Calamari Wrestler|
|Directed by||Minoru Kawasaki|
|Produced by||Shuntaro Kanai|
|Edited by||Minoru Kawasaki|
|Distributed by||Klock Worx Co.|
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.
- Kana Ishida as Miyako
- Osamu Nishimura as Kanichi Iwata/The Calamari Wrestler
- Akira Nogami as Koji Taguchi/The Octopus Wrestler
- Hirohisa Nakata as Godozan/The Squilla Boxer
- Miho Shiraishi as Sister
- Yoshihiro Takayama as Himself
- Hariken Ryu as Calamari Wrestler's suit actor
Jeannett Catsoulis of The New York Times described the film as goofy and bizarre "yet surprisingly coherent" with "a good-natured charm." 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."
- Calamari Wrestler - Ika Resuraa (Kawasaki Minoru 2004) :: Japanese
- Review at Nippon Cinema
- Catsoulis, Jeannett (May 13, 2005). "Drawing Strength From a Giant Squid". The New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
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