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One Cut of the Dead (2018)

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"One Cut of the Dead (Japanese title Kamera o Tomeru na!, which means "Don't Stop the Camera!") is a 2017 Japanese zombie comedy film directed by Shinichiro Ueda.  The film's plot involves a film crew shooting a low budget zombie film at an abandoned water filtration plant.  The director, Higurashi (Takayuki Hamatsu) argues with actors and eventually abandons them.  As the actors await for him to return, a real zombie apocalypse begins to the delight of the director, who insists that the camera operator continue filming... Made with a low budget of 3 million yen with a cast of unknown actors, the film opened in Japan in a small theater for a six day run.  Following its international success at its screening at the Udine Film Festival, the film began getting wider release including a re-release in Japan where it grossed over 3,000 million yen."  (Wikipedia)  A very positive review here - https://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/one-cut-of-the-dead-review-1202800409/ 

Third Window Films is giving One Cut of the Dead a limited edition Blu-ray release in the UK on January 28, 2019.  More info here - https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/One-Cut-of-the-Dead-Blu-ray/223927/  and here - https://screenanarchy.com/2018/12/third-window-films-2019-preview-festival-faves-and-cult-classics-gallery.html 

Trailer with subtitles - 

 

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caught this during a flight

One Cut of the Dead (カメラを止めるな!) (Japan, 2017) [Flight] – 4/5

For my distrust in new Japanese indies, I skipped this one in theatres despite it becoming the Japanese cinematic phenomena of the year (it went from having no certain theatrical release to receiving limited arthouse release to finally ending up with massive mainstream distribution comparable to Marvel films as the word spread… it was made for $25 000 and went on to gross $25 million). My mistake! What begins as a moderately amusing zombie film (a frustrated film director summons real zombies to get genuine reactions from his cast and tries to film it all) shot in a single 36 minute take then turns into an absolutely genius and hilarious cinematic wonder. It is best not to reveal anything about the film’s final hour and let the audience discover it for themselves. Also don’t be put off by the film’s trailer – like the movie itself, it’s pulling the viewer’s leg.

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"One Cut of the Dead, a micro-budget horror film that last year defied the odds to become one of the biggest hits of the year in Japan, is headed for an English-language remake... Patric Cunningham, a Japan-based American producer..., is behind the venture.  The original film... depicts the zombie invasion of a low-budget movie shoot... Cunningham plans an English-language remake that will shoot in the U.S. on a budget that he describes as 'fairly small'...  'The goal is for as many people as possible to see it,' Cunningham added, explaining that that could mean an indie-style theatrical trajectory or a straight-to-streaming strategy."  From https://variety.com/2019/film/asia/japan-sleeper-hit-one-cut-of-the-dead-english-remake-1203167733/

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I gave this a watch yesterday.

I purposely didn't read any reviews and dive straight it and I was in for a treat.

All I can say is

On 1/6/2019 at 7:30 AM, Takuma said:

It is best not to reveal anything about the film’s final hour and let the audience discover it for themselves.

I was really surprise at the turn of events.

 

On 1/6/2019 at 7:30 AM, Takuma said:

Also don’t be put off by the film’s trailer – like the movie itself, it’s pulling the viewer’s leg.

Yeah, just pretend that you never saw the trailer. 

I too would give it a 4/5.

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"Shudder, the horror specialty streaming service of AMC Networks, has acquired all rights to North America to the hit Japanese zombie comedy 'One Cut of the Dead.'  The company said that it had also licensed rights to the film for Australia and New Zealand, where it plans to launch later this year."  From https://variety.com/2019/film/asia/one-cut-of-the-dead-north-america-shudder-1203183919/

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One Cut of the Dead Spin Off: In Hollywood is a 59-minute made-for-TV Japanese feature "now being shopped around by Nikkatsu in advance of the film market in Cannes".  Synopsis - "Six months passed since the horrible zombie attack... Chinatsu, who was a heroine of the film 'One Cut of the Dead,' lost her voice after the incident.  She dyed her hair blonde and works as a waitress in Hollywood, U.S.  She changes her name as Holly, and is about to start a new life.  However, the nightmare repeats itself at the restaurant.  What the hell?!  Real zombies arrive and terrorize the crew in Hollywood.  This is the story of charming, audience-friendly characters who never stop shooting."  Article at - https://screenanarchy.com/2019/04/japanese-cult-hit-one-cut-of-the-dead-comes-to-hollywood-but-not-how-you-think.html 

Teaser - 

 

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I really enjoyed this one and it was even better for me because I didn't watch any of the previews beforehand.

Spoiler

I was a bit disappointed in the end because we learn from footage in the final credits that even though it was filmed in one take with the help of the director (this is the version we see in the final film), the comedic elements during the second of the film were merely an reenactment. So in a case that we were cheated twice. LOL

 

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