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One Cut of the Dead(カメラを止めるな!)

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Japan · 2017
1h 36m
Director Shinichiro Ueda
Starring Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Kazuaki Nagaya, Harumi Shuhama
Genre Comedy, Horror

A director and his film crew are shooting a low-budget zombie horror flick in an abandoned water filtration plant allegedly used for human experiments by the Japanese military during WWII. During filming, a real zombie apocalypse is set into motion, much to the auteur delight of the director.

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CineVue by Christopher Machell

As much a repudiation of auteur theory as a tribute to the imperfect process of creation, One Cut of the Dead is a thrilling reminder that of the beautiful, vital lie that is cinema.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

One Cut of the Dead is so heartfelt and hilarious that it’s easy to forgive the contrivances that hold it together, and to overlook how transparently Ueda reverse-engineers most of his best gags.


The Hollywood Reporter by Elizabeth Kerr

One Cut wears its cheapness as a badge of honor, a tricky endeavor given its actual production polish; make-up effects by Kazuhide Simohata and Jyunko Hirabayashi go a long way to supplying the film-within-the-film its guerilla feel. But the pic's best effect is its ability to ensure the same jokes land just as well in their second contexts.


Empire by Ian Freer

One Cut Of The Dead is a true original, a fresh take on the zombie apocalypse drama and much more besides.


Variety by Richard Kuipers

“One Cut” captures all the craziness and exhilaration of movie-making on a minuscule budget. High-energy performances from a cast of little-knowns are perfectly tuned to the material. The outstanding technical package is a great example of how to create a Poverty Row look for what’s actually a very sophisticated filmmaking exercise.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

In its own ingenious way, One Cut of the Dead cleaves true to the most important zombie rule of all: survival has always been a team effort.

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