Hollywood superhero movies are often not only thrill rides with flights and fights designed to elicit a collective “wow” but comments on the rotten state of society, metaphors for the fallen nature of humankind, and so on. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker as a psychotic in “The Dark Knight” won him the sort of posthumous accolades, including an Oscar for best supporting actor, usually reserved for actors in serious dramas, not crowd-pleasing entertainments.

Takashi Miike’s “Yattaman” (titled “Yatterman” for overseas distribution, for some reason) goes in precisely the opposite direction: the film is a wild, goofy, unapologetically entertaining romp with no darkly ironic messages delivered or tortured souls on display.

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