Monsoon-A-Day ‘Zeiram’ (1991)

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Where I watch and review a movie a day. Or whenever I fucking feel like it.

Day 80


Since Japan doesn’t have the budgetary resources as America, their comic book adaptations rely mostly on action or WTFuckery. They don’t have the resources to go toe-to-toe with the big budget super hero flicks but lucky for them, crazy is free.

Zeiram is very light on plot and has the lightest of shoe string budgets but it makes up for its shortcomings by being non stop entertaining. It’s amazing how many problems a cool looking monster and tons of explosions can fix.

The story deals with a couple of bumbling electricians that get called on a job involving someone stealing electricity from the city’s main generator or something. I have no idea how electricity works. They find out that the thief is an intergalactic bounty hunter who’s using the city’s electricity to power a device that’ll transport her to an alternate dimension where she will capture a creature named Zeiram.

Because of some narrative shenanigans, the two bubble fucks accidentally get sent to the alternate dimension, so now the bounty hunter has to save them as well as hunt and capture the monster.

Honestly, there’s not that much plot and with the exception of the first 15 minutes or so, it’s only five actors throughout the film. And one of them is the voice of a computer.

Because the electricians sort of, kind of reminded me of Mario and Luigi, it made me think of the film in Mario terms. This film is Mario Bros but instead of them getting transported to the mushroom kingdom, it’s an alternate dimension (code word for whatever was in close proximity to the abandoned Japanese warehouse they used in the film) and instead of Peach getting kidnapped by Bowser, she’s actively hunting him.

Nothing like Mario at all but that’s how my mind works. But now I kinda want a kick ass Mario movie where Peach and her army of toads are fighting a Godzilla-esque Bowser and his legion of goombas. Maybe throw in a giant ass Donkey Kong for good measure.

What the hell were we talking about?

Apologies. I got a bit sidetracked there for a second. If you were to make a list of the greatest comic book adaptations and manga were included, Zeiram wouldn’t even crack the top 70.

It unfortunately can’t compete with American super hero flicks but it’s leagues better than The Guyver and is far more enjoyable than either Crying Freeman or Fist of the Northstar.

Zeiram. It’s almost kind of like Mario.