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

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

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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.

Movie Info

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.

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

All Critics (34) | 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.

October 18, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

August 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.

March 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Shinichiro Ueda's zombie comedy is one that purposefully pretends to offer familiar zombie schlock only to rip the rug out from under us in an innovative, hilarious way. The level of detail is uncanny, and the comedy is equally matched by charm.

January 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

At its core, it's a zombie comedy made on a low-budget but it is genuinely so much more than that.

January 7, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

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