What's "Zeram?" Zeram is a renegade space alien who is lured to Earth for capture by beings from the planet Mays. What do you need to catch Zeram? The standard issue warp machine, space bazooka, electric shield, and a comp... more »uter named "Bob." A breakthrough in futuristic space adventure, "Zeram" is a fresh and intensely visual sci-fi about a single night's battle between a female bounty hunter and a renegade space alien. Fueled by action, drama, comedy, and incredible special effects, "Zeram" is a movie that rockets you into the next dimension! Live-action Japanese sci-fi, remade as "Iria: Zeiram The Animation."« less
"Those reviews are about the Fox Lorber release which is dubbed. This is not that DVD. This is the Tokyoshock release with it's original language and subtitles."
Live Action Anime
SRFireside | Houston, TX United States | 09/26/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It?s been a while since I have had this much fun watching a low-budget Japanese movie. We?re not really talking cheesy production values fun or lame acting fun. I am talking about straight up legitimate movie viewing fun! Think of it as a live action anime and that will get you closer to the experience that is Zeram.
The plot is pretty simple, but it is executed in a solid manner. There are really only a handful of characters in Zeram so there was a nice amount of subtle development involved. The two electricians, though tend to be a little like Laurel and Hardy or Abbot and Costello at times, have a charming dynamic going between them which helps ground the whole story. Yuko Moriyama also does a good job being the beautiful yet bad to the bone bounty hunter Iria without taking if over the top.
Special effects aren?t bad considering the budget. A few people in silly rubber suits come in, but Zeram itself looks really nice. The rest of the effects are obviously of the lower quality caliber, but they use them so very well. The cinematography in some scenes emulates what you would see in an action packed anime, which again works very well. Props are cool, but I noticed Iria?s base of operations is loaded with props that are actually various electronic drums machines from Roland, Korg and Yamaha. Only a drum machine fan would get that though.
Zeram is simply a fun movie. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it. In spite of the apparently low budget it comes off as a top-notch, though eclectic, movie. If you are an anime fan I recommend the experience. If you like the cyberpunk sci-fi I recommend it also, just don?t expect another Bladerunner. This is, after all, light fare."
Eric Sanberg | Berwyn, IL United States | 01/03/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As other viewers have stated, this harkens back to the (now nearly archetypal) world of Japanese rubber-monster movies. It sports a great monster, a lively female hero and two bewildered, would-be heroes who find themselves in the thick of things and are forced to come to terms with the situation.Zeram is an invincible monster who has just escaped prison (even though he's being assaulted by more fire-power than you'll find in most third-world countries)and now has a bounty on his...hers...it's head. Enter the female bounty hunter and her computer sidekick Bob. Bob has a droll sense of humor while she is a hard-hitting, armed to the teeth, walking death machine. (She does look nifty in her tight-fitting, Star Wars type get-up though). Together they need to snag Zeram, put him back in the slammer and collect the dough, all while keeping a low profile and dealing with a couple of not too bright earthlings who mistakenly stumble on the entire mess.This is not a great film but it's great fun. The characters are noteable, the monster is cool (he sems to be controlled by this rather phallic looking organ that emerges from his head and has a face on it. (A nasty Kibuki looking one at that). There are some rather deformed looking baby monsters present as well. They resemble the mutant offspring in Peter Jackson's Dead Alive, and manage to cause a degree of mayhem while in the picture. On top of that you have some great fight scenes and some nail biting tense moments. The look of the film is pretty good as well. The opening scenes of Zeram's escape sport muted (almost black and white) tones, and a lot of misty fog. It actually looks like a more serious western hemisphere sci-fi feature. Then it switches to the more primary colorful and sharper edged visuals seen in many Hong Kong flicks. And when the dust has settled in the end, you feel as though you've been through this excruciating escapade along with the characters.I'd bump this up another star but the normal movie viewer (whatever THAT is)wouldn't get it. But it's a definite 4 stars for fans of this sort of thing. There are much worse ways to spend 90 minutes of relaxation time."
A Japanese Alein Type Movie.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In Zeram a weird creature from outer space escapes from somewhere (it dosen't realy say.) and flies to Earth. A female bounty who is played by the same actress as the Ornthalogist in Gamera The Gurdian Of The Universe, is sent to destroy it. She comes with a computer called bob, that looks like a hour glass. While she is battleing the creature Zeram she acidently traps to men in another dimension with Zeram. She then has to save them.He has a humaniod head on a nerve that tries to eat the 2 men.I realy liked the movie, I thought it was as good as most of the Godzilla and Gamera Movies."
A Manga/Anime-lover's dream piece
Sorokahdeen | New York, NY | 11/16/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Zeram is pure fun, a low-budget thriller staring a cute girl bounty-hunter, two goofy power company workers and a damned-near unkillable, biomechanical monstrosity set in an empty section of a city transported to another dimension.
How does all this work? Very well if you're a science-fiction or manga lover; not as well if you're not.
It isn't brilliant filmmaking and there are no surprises in it--hero/heroine-versus-monster; guess who's going to win--but the manga-style costumes, armor, devices and equipment are fun to see realized in a live-action feature as they are in this movie. Zeram's category might be 'foreign low-budget,' but it is made in a spirit of genuine homage to its source material and here that means loving attention to visual and conceptual details.
Like all good action-adventure stories, the point is not the destination but the ride and the bumps in it and Zeram provides jaw-dropping action, jaw-dropping surprises and lovingly crafted touches by the bucketful. I genuinely enjoyed it. I hope you will. "