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One Cut of the Dead Rated 15

One Cut of the Dead

Dir. Shinichiro Ueda. Japan, 2017. 1h 36m. Japanese/subs. Starring Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya, Hiroshi Ichihara, Mao.

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low-budget zombie film in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility when real zombies attack them. Having been made for less than $30,000 (and making over $30m worldwide), this madcap meta-horror breathes new life into the zombie genre.

‘Ueda's film goes on to indulge [its] curiosity in endless head-spinningly clever ways - turning a riotous genre treat into a full-hearted love-letter to both filmmaking and film-watching alike.’ ★★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

‘Drunk on its own DIY energy and deeply in love with everything it's doing, One Cut of the Dead is a euphoric ode to the chaos (and compromises) of genre filmmaking.’ ★★★★★ David Ehrlich, IndieWire