One Cut of the Dead
Comedy / Horror
One Cut of the Dead
Comedy / Horror
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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February 11, 2019 at 06:27 PM
This film, a wildly original take on zombie movies, comes in three acts.
**Non-spoiler alert. The next paragraph may look like a spoiler, but it's not. The real surprises come much later.**
In Act 1 a film crew trying to make a zombie movie is attacked by real zombies. That's not a spoiler. The idea has been around ever since people have been making zombie movies. Carnage abounds for a good 40 minutes.
Act 2 is a surprise. But it's short, so don't leave.
Act 3, the denouement, is recommended for audiences with strong hearts. I was still laughing the next day.
Best Film at FantAsia Festival This Year (So Far)
Director Higurashi (Takayumi Hamatsu) is making a low budget zombie movie that illustrates his motto to a tee: "cheap, fast, but average." He's got a low-budget cast, a location in an abandoned water filtration plant and a skeleton crew - and more, he's going to make the film in one long take! But as the filming begins, something strange happens; all of a sudden, his crew and cast are becoming zombies themselves. Okay, sounds like a standard scare-em-up zombie flick, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. The set-up is actually meant to inaugurate a new all-zombie television channel and the publicity from a one-take half-hour show will be an instant sensation. Only that's not exactly what's going on either....It's important not to give any more of the story away because the whole thing is about as meta as it's possible to be; it is also easily the funniest movie I've seen in practically forever, and while I still have 4 more films to screen at this year's FantAsia Festival in Montreal, of the 11 I've seen so far this one is my absolute favourite! Don't try to tease out more details, just look for this movie wherever you might find it; believe me, you will be ecstatic that you did!
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Truly enjoyable and unique zombie comedy
Attempting to film a new zombie movie, the cast and crew find themselves attacked by a horde of ravenous flesh-eating creatures which interrupts the shooting schedule of their production and forces them to actually have to defend themselves from the undead ravaging the set.
This was an enjoyable and intriguing effort. Among the many impressive elements throughout this one is the manner in which it pulls off the engaging social commentary about the effects of filmmaking. This one really brings up the idea of what constitutes entertainment as the executives constantly shouting out about what they expect and demand on a live-shoot. The backstage exploits of the industry, filled with egotistical actors stuck in roles they don't want to be in, stressed-out stage-hands constantly trying to appease their bosses and the on-the-fly guerrilla tactics that must be employed to ensure the shoot goes off smoothly feature prominently throughout the second half. There are some fun times ahead here looking at this creation of the film that has plenty to enjoy about it commenting on the rushed nature of filmmaking and how creative individuals must sacrifice their vision to make content for disillusioned executives who only care about the profit lines. As well, the most engaging aspect here is the utterly enjoyable opening sequence. Consisting of a single-take short-length scene featuring the crew being attacked by a zombie outbreak before turning on each other and then chasing each other throughout the complex where they're shooting. Managing to throw in plenty of twists and turns amongst the gory action, all done in one single unbroken take, gives this a wholly unexpected opening that's a real attention-grabber. As the second half of the film is the filming of this very sequence which is full of hilarious antics and ingenious fixes to demonstrate how the actual shot got pulled off. It's quite ingenious to see how the different tricks to accomplish the finish product and the different tricks accomplished to get there which manages to hold this one up as quite enjoyable in these different sections. There really isn't any kind of flaws in this one, as the fact that this one remains as a piece of fiction throughout here without anything else happening does detract this somewhat. The fact that it's all a movie-shoot in both stages does manage to lessen the tension of everything and makes for a cheap experience as none of the attacks mean anything if it's all faked from the start. The goofiness and somewhat crazy feeling present here isn't all that appealing to all, and it might seem odd rather than funny with the way this one plays out. Otherwise, these here are all that really hold this one down.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.