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 (37) | Top Critics (5)

It's a movie that rescues the tired zombie trope - without insisting on metaphor or satire.

Jan 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[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…

An inventive, intelligent and amusing take on a jam-packed genre.

Jan 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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