One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!)
Director: Shin’ichirô Ueda
Section: After Dark
Country: Japan | Year: 2017
Language(s): Japanese | Time: 96 mins
The film opens to a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew is making a zombie film. Yet this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s known to be the site where military experiments took place. Out of nowhere, the real zombies arrive and terrorise the crew. This may sound like the plot of a clichéd zombie film, but One Cut of the Dead is something completely different. Starting off with a one-take 37-minute shot, the film then switches direction and turns the zombie genre upside down into a charming, audience- friendly comedy.
As a junior high school student, Shin’ichirô Ueda used to make short films with his classmates and after graduating he continued to hone his skills and passion. In 2010, he formed the film company Panpokopina and to date his films have received 20 grand-prize awards at various film festivals. Wanting to make films that are still fun even after 100 years, he strives to make entertaining films and his latest, One Cut of the Dead (2017), is a perfect example of that.