One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017)



Critic Consensus: Brainy and bloody in equal measure, One Cut of the Dead reanimates the moribund zombie genre with a refreshing blend of formal daring and clever satire.


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A cast of relative unknowns, a brilliantly disguised low budget and an epic, 37-minute opening single take makes Shin'ichirô Ueda's feature debut a bright, breezy and laugh-out-loud hilarious zombie comedy. A film crew is shooting a zombie horror flick in an abandoned water filtration plant, allegedly used for human experiments by the military. Just as the director browbeats his actors and demands more special effects blood, a real zombie apocalypse erupts, much to his auteur delight. Packed with meta-movie references as mocking as they are loving, this relentless takedown of the Living Dead genre is a total blast.


Critic Reviews for One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

[It's] a refreshingly earnest film, with memorable characters and an unexpectedly sweet subplot that sees a father reconnecting with his teenage daughter over their shared love of horror movies.

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Drunk on its own DIY energy and deeply in love with everything it's doing, One Cut of the Dead is a euphoric ode to the chaos (and compromises) of genre filmmaking.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Opens with an unbroken 37-minute shot of monster mayhem before hitting the reset button and turning into a funny satire of low-budget genre filmmaking - and eventually becoming a charming family comedy-drama.

May 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The perfect antidote to zombie fever.

Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…

If you want something fun and slightly cerebral to chew on while your own brains are being chewed on, One Cut of the Dead is the intelligent zombie movie you need.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

An ingenious, chest-thumpingly affectionate tribute to imagination and ideas trumping money

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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