From the director that brought you EXECUTIVE KOALA
A championship wrestling
match pits Koji Taguchi against Crush Volcano, the latter no match for
Koji's signature move, the Torture Ring Strangler. Koji beams as he
clutches the Champion Belt, only to have it snatched away by a mysterious
new challenger in the ring-a giant squid! A giant squid, in fact, who not
only evades Koji's key attack, but destroys him with a Northern Light
Suplex! Koji's fiancée Miyako watches tearfully, though there's something
about this Calamari Wrestler that seems familiar to her...
The tentacled tackler is the hottest story in the Japanese sports press.
The president of the Cho-Nippon wrestling team proposes a fixed match as a
publicity stunt, but the honorable Calamari Wrestler will hear nothing of
it. Wrongfully banned from the sport, he retreats to the Monhonji Temple
to train and meditate where a young reporter tracks him down and begins to
unravel his enigma.
But the squid's problems are just beginning-treacherous businessmen,
unrequited love, and the wrestling-ring menace of the Octopus Wrestler and
the insectoid Squilla Boxer await!
"Goofy, bizarre, yet
surprisingly coherent, "The Calamari Wrestler" veils sharp social
commentary with irreverent humor and corny romance."
-The New York Times
"Funny pic about a
brooding wrestler reincarnated as a giant squid is a kind of "Waiting for
Godzilla" aimed at the midnight circuit."
Starring: Kana Ishida, Osamu Nishimura, Akira Nogami
Directed By: Minoru Kawasaki
Ending Theme: "Feel" By Tomoka Music Video And Tv Spot
ES025 - Color - NTSC - 2.0 - 90 Min - Aspect
Ratio 1:85:1 - 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen - Region 1 - 2004
Release date: August 23, 2011