A film crew is shooting a zombie horror flick in an abandoned water filtration plant, allegedly used for human experiments by the military. Just as the director browbeats his actors and demands more special effects blood, a real zombie apocalypse erupts, much to his auteur delight.
Earning its budget thousandfold at the box office, this zombie sensation is both a financial and stylistic success. Opening with a 37-minute long shot, the film evolves into a nesting doll of a story, blending comedy and horror to form a meticulous satire that goes beyond formal exercise.
At first you think it's a surprising breath of fresh air into the zombie genre but then Ueda pulls the rug from under you and gives us the freshest take on moviemaking since perhaps 'Day for Night'. The most staggering thing is that the film was made for 25K, basically a no budget film, yet went on to gross 25 million at the Asian box office. Stick with this one it surely pays off in the final third.
Do yourself a favor and go into "One Cut of the Dead" knowing as little as possible. I will say the structure here is really something to marvel at: the first act goes about invisibly delivering the setup for jokes that won't pay off for another hour. It's a shame this isn't getting a wider release in the States, it absolutely kills with an audience. A (very funny) love letter to DIY filmmakers everywhere.
When you saw every single pieces from this movie, you gotta think everything about what the lectures from ur academy said. And that’s fun. How u enjoy they jokes untill u can't handle it and u cry after or maybe during the movie. One Cut Of The Dead makes me falling love again with low-budget japanes film. Brilliant!
Luckily, when I was watching this movie, I didn't know the plot at all. It turned out that ONE CUT OF THE DEAD is full of surprise. At first glimpse, it looks like an ordinary, yet cheap zombie movie. Honestly, I thought it was zombie movie with some comedy in it. This movie is actually a love letter to filmmaking process or the zombie genre itself. Director Shin'ichiro Ueda wanted to tell us the spirit behind it...
An incredible, unique piece of cinema that eviscerates both the zombie and meta film genres. It's already famous 40 minute long take is already legendary but the true significance, and genius, of that only becomes clear at the end. Beyond it's cleverness, though, this is also a screamingly funny, enjoyable time. You have to see this.
When you thought you've seen enough genre movies.
When you thought you’ve seen enough zombie movies.
When you thought you’ve seen enough comedy movies.
When you thought you’ve seen enough zombie comedy movies.
When you thought you've seen enough Japanese movies.
When you thought you’ve seen enough movies within movies movies.
When you thought you've seen enough low-budget movies.
And then comes ONE CUT OF THE DEAD.