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One Cut of the Dead (2017)

Kamera o tomeru na! (original title)
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Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

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Shin'ichirô Ueda

Writers:

Shin'ichirô Ueda (screenplay), Ryoichi Wada (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takayuki Hamatsu Takayuki Hamatsu ... Director Higurashi
Yuzuki Akiyama Yuzuki Akiyama ... Chinatsu
Harumi Shuhama Harumi Shuhama ... Nao
Kazuaki Nagaya Kazuaki Nagaya ... Ko
Hiroshi Ichihara Hiroshi Ichihara ... Kasahara
Mao Mao ... Mao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sakina Asamori Sakina Asamori ... (as Sakina Iwaji)
Takuya Fujimura Takuya Fujimura
Ayana Gôda Ayana Gôda
Manabu Hosoi Manabu Hosoi
Satoshi Iwagô Satoshi Iwagô
Kyôko Takahashi Kyôko Takahashi
Yoshiko Takehara Yoshiko Takehara
Tomokazu Yamaguchi Tomokazu Yamaguchi
Shuntarô Yamazaki Shuntarô Yamazaki
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Storyline

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 aghaemi

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Comedy | Horror

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 June 2018 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

One Cut of the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,360, 15 September 2019

Gross USA:

$51,820

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,589,594
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Production Co:

ENBU Seminar, Panpokopina See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to actress Harumi Shuhama, the cast performed the one-take scene perfectly on the second try, but a crew error led to the cameras stopping during the take and it being unusable. See more »

Goofs

When the assistant is sitting on the floor clutching a severed arm, you can clearly see one of the crew members standing in the background. See more »

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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Trust me: even if you hate it at first, watch the whole thing
28 August 2019 | by nehpetstephenSee all my reviews

My husband and I watched this quite coincidentally a few days after seeing VICTORIA, the 140-minute true single take drama that is one of the most extraordinary accomplishments ever committed to film. After seeing what they had pulled off in that film (powerful performances, action scenes, no less than half a dozen distinct settings, a moving story), we were very underwhelmed by the single take zombie story at the beginning of ONE CUT OF THE DEAD. Thirty minutes in, my husband gave up and went upstairs to do other things. I trusted the glowing reviews I had seen and stuck with it.

The film has three acts. They're all fairly amateurish, which is to be expected considering the entire film was made for roughly the same cost as a new car. The first act--the single take zombie action sequence--is especially bad. Really weird pacing, an extremely corny story, and jarring errors that come across as cheap and unprofessional. The second act flashes back six months, showing us how the film-within-a-film we've just watched (i.e. Act I) was originally conceived and produced. This act isn't much better. The acting feels more natural and the story is a little more interesting, with some more meaningful character development, but there's also an extremely awful score and some really poor jokes, so it seems like a wash. Then the third act comes--a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the filming of the film-within-a-film that was Act I.

I don't want to spoil anything, but trust me that the third act redeems everything, not only evoking some genuine gut-busting laughter but also pulling off the miraculous feat of teaching you to appreciate the first act--the one you were probably just harshly judging half an hour ago--on its very own terms. Sure, you'll find the first act hilarious having seen it from a new perspective, but what makes this film quite special is that you might also chide yourself for having been so critical of it the first time around. The film-within-a-film has flaws, but even so, it's a pretty impressive achievement. By the time the credits roll (at which point we're treated to actual behind-the-scenes footage, which is just meta upon meta), you'll be cheering the filmmakers (fictional as well as real) for having pulled off the very thing that at first glance seemed unremarkable.

Even the corniest B-movie is a small miracle of teamwork, so the film ultimately becomes a celebration of filmmaking and an invitation to step off one's high horse and appreciate smaller acts of triumph. This movie is a very surprising joy.


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