Film / Zeiram

A 1991 Japanese SF/action film, directed by Keita Amemiya, in which a nigh-unkillable alien creature (Zeiram) arrives in on Earth (landing in Japan, naturally). It is followed by Iria, a female bounty hunter from another planet who has been pursuing Zeiram. Upon arriving, Iria, Zeiram, and two electrical workers are drawn into an alternate dimension where they only have a certain amount of time to kill Zeiram.

Zeiram was followed by a sequel, Zeiram II, as well as an OAV prequel, IRIA: Zeiram the Animation, which depicts Iria's first encounter with Zeiram. There were also two video games - Hyper Iria for the Super Famicom and Zeiramzone for the PlayStation.

This film and its followups contain examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Iria and Bob. The supporting cast also includes such names as Fujikuro and Glen.
  • Alien Lunch: Teppei eats a large white cockroach, squicking Kamiya heavily. It was actually Iria's, as she is shown eating one in the anime.
  • Anime Hair: Iria's hair is considerably spikier in the anime than in the live-action movies.
  • Bad Job, Worse Uniform: Teppei and Kamiya don't dislike their jobs, exactly, but they're not happy with the eye-aching pastel jumpsuits they're required to wear; Kamiya wears a black motorcycle jacket over his uniform. Their company car is painted in similarly garish colors.
  • BFG: The cannon that's used to defeat Zeiram's supposedly final form.
  • Made of Iron: Zeiram takes a lot of punishment.
  • Nice Hat: Played with in the first movie and the Animation; what looks like Zeiram's hat is actually part of its body. Played straight in the second movie, where it actually is a hat.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Ominous Sutra Chanting, in this case.
  • Pocket Dimension: Called Zones. Iria and Bob create one in the first film and the Zeiram unit creates one in the second.
  • Those Two Guys: Teppei and Kamiya, who serve as recipients for most of the exposition in the live-action films, and who remain stubbornly mundane even as they step up to full-blown heroism.
  • Used Future: The animation has a nice lived-in feel to it, despite taking a few cues from Crystal Spires and Togas.

Alternative Title(s): Iria Zeiram The Animation