A low-budget film about zombies soon features the best cast money could not buy, but the problem is that the new actors are not exactly getting along with the crew. Everyone involved is soon receiving a lesson in the merits of perseverance, the preciousness of family bonds and of course the dangers of the living dead.Written by
Incredibly original and insanely hilarious! A must watch!
I thought long and hard about where I should begin this review and after considerable contemplation, I've resolved that I'll start with "POM!"
When I accidentally stumbled upon One Cut of the Dead, I didn't expect much of it. I genuinely believed that the zombie movies and even zombie comedy movies had been overdone and exhausted. After years and years of zombie movies and now TV shows, what else could possibly be left to explore?
"Surely, there couldn't be any surprises judging from the recent mindless additions to the genre of the mindless creatures, right? RIGHT?!" And boy, was I wrong! One Cut of the Dead might be one of the most enjoyable films I've ever watched.
Written and directed by Shin'ichirô Ueda, this film shattered all my assumptions and took me on a ride so entertaining that I think I laughed 30 minutes straight during the entire third act.
The film was made in just 8 days with a small budget of around $25,000 and a cast of unknown actors. After it's success at the Udine Film Festival, it was re-released, and eventually grossed $30.5 million worldwide, earning over a thousand times its budget.
If that doesn't impress you, the fact that the first 37 minutes of the film is done in ONE CUT should. Some viewers dislike the first 37 minutes and find it challenging to get through. I, however, enjoyed it and found the awkward moments and general cheesiness hilarious.
Now, I will deliberately avoid going into the plot for this particular film because I'm afraid anything I say might injure the experience for you. I went in completely blind into this. I watched no trailers and read no reviews apart from one which suggested that sticking with it for the first 30 minutes is worth it because of the incredible payoff. I'm glad I listened to it. Just remember that every awkwardness and cheesiness in the initial 37 minutes has a reason, and the payoff is indeed extraordinary.
While performances by the entire cast were wonderful, I was especially drawn by Takayuki Hamatsu (Director Higurashi) and Harumi Shuhama (Nao). I will doubtless watch out for their other works.
Lastly, the film makes great use of cinematography, editing, and sound.
To wrap up, I'd say Shin'ichirô Ueda's One Cut of the Dead is nothing shy of a masterpiece and is full of originality, humour, wit, and creativity. It amazed me in every aspect and delighted me in forms no film has in a long time. During the last 30 minutes of the film, I remained glued to the screen and didn't think, do or say anything except absorbing what was happening in front of me. I came out on the other side thoroughly impressed, satisfied, and with my face aching from all the hilarity. I will watch out for Shin'ichirô Ueda's other works.
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