Archive of films One Cut of the Dead / Camera wo Tomeru na!

2017, 96 min

Section: Midnight Screenings
Year: 2018

A crazy horror comedy about the fact that shooting a zombie movie in one take is harder than you think. Especially when the actors are drunk. Or when they become real zombies. A flick about the pitfalls of the craft of filmmaking that shows what it’s really like to tear someone a new one.


A small crew is shooting a low-budget zombie flick in an abandoned factory where the Japanese Army once experimented on dead bodies. It doesn’t take long before the actors and crew start changing into real live corpses. The perfectionist director, however, refuses to cancel the shoot and, obsessed by a fixation on pure art, he runs about filming amid the chaos while the zombie disease picks off one victim after another. Indeed, this helmer is willing to sacrifice anything to get the perfect shot. Or is he? Can a zombie spatter-fest turn out to be a family comedy as well? That depends on your point of view. Shot on a shoestring budget but with a brass- buckle love of the craft, Ueda’s feature debut is an original tribute to all true moviemakers.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Shinichiro Ueda (b. 1984, Shiga Prefecture, Japan). Selected filmography: Okome to Oppai (2011, short), Koisuru Shosetsuka (2011, short), Kanojo no Kokuhaku Ranking (2014, short), Last Wedding Dress (2014, short), Take 8 (2014, short), One Cut of the Dead (2018)


Third Window Films
Third Window Films Ltd. 18B, NW11 8SG, London
United Kingdom

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Midnight Screenings
Director: Shinichiro Ueda
Screenplay: Shinichiro Ueda
Dir. of Photography: Tsuyoshi Sone
Editor: Shinichiro Ueda
Producer: Koji Ichihashi
Production: Enbu Seminar
Cast: Takayuki Hamatsu, Mao, Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya
Sales: Third Window Films

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