Okay, I'm wearing a dress! First I'm kissed by a guy, now I'm wearing a dress! Fine!New York cop Sgt. Harry Griswald, after being dragged to a kabuki show, suddenly finds himself possessed by the spirit of a great Japanese warrior, Kabukiman. Now, he must use his new found powers to stop the resurrection of an ancient demon, known only as "The Evil One".
This movie contains examples of:
- Amoral Attorney: Occurs as sort of a Funny Background Event during the scene in which Harry first uses his flying powers. Two attorneys are seen joking about how they're going to intentionally let a guilty murderer go free in exchange for monetary kickbacks. A second later they get splattered with vomit thanks to a nauseous, acrophobic Kabukiman.
- B-Movie: Oh yes.
- Big Bad: Reginald Stuart.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The camera dissolves from a flashing police beacon to Griswold's flashing clown nose. He says, deadpan, into the camera: "Nice dissolve, huh?"
- Brought Down to Badass: Even when depowered by Rembrandt's "Reason You Suck" Speech, Harry is still a marginally capable cop with a decent shot and not afraid to use it.
- Captain Ethnic: Kabukiman the Japanese warrior with the mystical powers of Japan! Even though his secret identity is actually a white American.
- Chickification: Lotus goes from Hard-As-Nails Drill Sergeant Nasty while training Harry, to screaming Damsel in Distress in the finale.
- The Chosen One: Subverted. The heroes trained the real chosen one for decades to receive the power of Kabukiman and defeat The Evil One, only to have him and his entire family be murdered in their home by The Evil One's thugs just before the ceremony could occur. Later, the man who currently holds the powers is gunned down by those same thugs. Harry Griswald just happens to be there to receive the powers just before the man dies.
- The Dragon: Reverend Snipes.
- Eat That: Griswold is forced to eat live earthworms and whole raw mackerel, among other things, to complete his transformation.
- Funny Background Event: A lot. Most notably, the show Harry goes to see at the beginning of the movie is a Kabuki version of The Odd Couple
- How Do I Shot Web?: The first time his powers manifest, he accidentally cartwheels into a light pole; later, he tries to become Kabukiman, but somehow turns into a clown. Later still, he learns he can fly, but due to not being used to it he throws up and it lands on the Amoral Attorney standing below him.
- Licking the Blade: Reginald Stuart and his hitman Rembrandt both do this.
- One-Winged Angel: Reginald Stuart becoming The Evil One.
- Stock Footage: The first appearance of Troma's infamous "flipping car".
- Stuffed In The Fridge: Connie LaRosa, Harry's previous love interest. The villains give the hospital a fake chart, tricking a nurse into killing her with an overdose of morphine.
- Tokusatsu: One of the very first American tokusatsu projects.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Just about all of them.
- The Big Bad, Reginald Stuart, is the head of a multinational megacorporation, and his "billionaire philanthropist" status allows him to get away with a lot, up to and including having his men shoot up a kabuki theatre, then convincing the police that his men were actually there to help, and that they captured the real perp - some random guy who wasn't even present at the shooting.
- The Dragon, Reverend Snipes, also qualifies. He pretends to be a Hot-Blooded Badass Preacher, while he's actually paying dues to the mafia and selling drugs out of his youth centers. He has so much support that when his thugs are caught trying to murder a police officer in broad daylight in front of dozens of eyewitnesses, he's able to get them off by claiming that they're just down-on-their-luck poor kids being pushed around by the man. Not only does he get away with that, it gets him more support since he's now seen as a champion of the little guy.
- Who Are You?Mook: Who are you?
Kabukiman: *Aside Glance* I'm Kabukiman.