Combustible Celluloid
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With: Takayuki Hamatsu, Mao, Harumi Shuhama, Yuzuki Akiyama, Kazuaki Nagaya, Manabu Hosoi
Written by: Shin'ichirô Ueda
Directed by: Shin'ichirô Ueda
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
Running Time: 97
Date: 09/13/2019

One Cut of the Dead (2019)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Shot Class

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Shinichirou Ueda's One Cut of the Dead (2019) is arguably one of the best films of the year, as eye-poppingly fresh and startling as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead films were in the 1980s. It begins as a zombie attacks a young woman, Chinatsu (Yuzuki Akiyama). A voice calls "cut," and director Higurashi (Takayuki Hamatsu) berates her for not being scared enough. The film production takes a break, and then real zombies attack, and we realize that everything is happening in one take, without a cut. After 30 minutes, that film ends, and One Cut of the Dead shifts to the hilarious and amazing behind-the-scenes shoot of this breakneck, bravura production, which itself becomes a lovely and heartwarming story of family. Filled with rich characters and expert performances, this is an absolute must-see even for non-zombie fans.

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