One Cut of the Dead


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.

“Does something many, including this writer, didn’t think was possible … it reinvents the zombie movie.” – Katie Rife, AV Club

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. (Dir. by Shin’ichirô Ueda, 2019, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 96 mins., Not Rated)