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One Cut of the Dead

Camera wo Tomeruna

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Gory and goofy in equal measure, Ueda Shinichiro’s gonzomedy (gonzo-zombie-comedy) starts with an unbroken 37-minute shot, serving notice of the unhinged mayhem to come when the isolated cast and crew of a low-rent zombie flick are set upon by a horde of the legitimately undead. But that’s just the beginning of the twists in Ueda’s wild romp, which proves itself an uncanny shapeshifter as it seamlessly transforms into a showbiz satire and sympathetic character study while continuing to deliver thrills at every blood-soaked turn.

You honestly might have to go back to Edgar Wright’s modern classic Shaun of the Dead to find a film that so slyly demonstrates a deep understanding of genre tropes (and precisely how to recalibrate them) and proves itself capable of almost effortlessly combining a surfeit of laughs with copious empathy and buckets of plasma.

"Marvelously inventive… A terrific Japanese horror-comedy that proves there’s somewhere the zombie apocalypse movie hasn’t yet gone… One Cut captures all the craziness and exhilaration of movie-making on a minuscule budget. High-energy performances from a cast of little-knowns are perfectly tuned to the material."—Richard Kuipers, Variety

Director Ueda Shinichiro
Country of Origin: Japan
Year: 2017
Running Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Japanese with English subtitles
Cast: Takayuki Hamatsu, Mao, Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya, Manabu Hosoi
Producer: Koji Ichihashi
Cinematographer: Tsuyoshi Sone
Editor: Shinichiro Ueda
Music: Nobuhiro Suzuki, Kailu Nagai
Print Source: Third Window Film


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