A cast of relative unknowns, a brilliantly disguised low budget and an epic, 37-minute opening single take makes Shin'ichirô Ueda’s feature debut a bright, breezy and laugh-out-loud hilarious zombie comedy.
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. Packed with meta-movie references as mocking as they are loving, this relentless takedown of the Living Dead genre is a total blast.
Made for just $27,000 with $0 spend on advertising, One Cut of the Dead - through word of mouth alone - has grossed $30 million at the Japanese box office.
“To me, the world is a mystery.” South Korean filmmaker Lee Chang-dong’s follow-up to 2010’s Poetry is a masterwork; a sublime mystery thriller of obsessive love based on Haruki Murakami’s short story ‘Barn Burning’.
Soon after tying the knot with mystery author Masakazu Isshiki (Masato Sakai), young bride Akiko (Mitsuki Takahata) finds her new life in old-town Kamakura is steeped in legend as frequent encounters with supernatural creatures become her everyday normalcy.