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Old 02-16-19, 10:49 AM
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One Cut of the Dead (2017 Japanese zombie movie you need to see)

Kamera o tomeru na!


Synopsis:
Without giving too much away, One Cut of the Dead is about a film crew making a zombie movie, only to find out they're about to be attacked by real zombies!
YOU DON'T NEED OR WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ELSE.
Don't look for trailers... don't look for clips or reviews... many of them "spoil" the film even with the thumbnail images. Even the official trailer gives too much away, in my opinion.

I saw this last night and folks... it was so damn good.

It doesn't seem to have official US distribution (it IS playing at a bunch of Alamo locations, but I don't know if it was just yesterday or if there will be more showings), and US home video distribution may get completely halted because the film was pirated and somehow added to Amazon Prime over the holidays for a couple days before getting pulled down. That said, there's a region B Blu-ray available from amazon.co.uk. I'm planning to order it.

If you like zombie flicks, and/or films with really long cuts in them, and/or horror/comedies, and/or Japanese cinema, and/or any movies ever , you need to see this one.

Spoilery talk for those who have seen it:
Spoiler:
I went in only knowing what I wrote as the synopsis, so when I started to realize the film was literally "one cut" I was expecting that for the entire runtime. Then the 'credits' rolled after 37 minutes, and the rest of the film played out, and it was without a doubt one of the best theatrical experiences I've had. The meta-meta narrative of it all was just so fantastically well done with the way all the individual bits came together, and how during the first 37 minutes there's 'weird' moments that get explained in hilarious ways.

Such a good flick. I'm curious to see others thoughts after they've seen it.

I don't know why, but the Director character reminded me of Mac from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.


I'm probably over-hyping it... but this flick really is a special one. Seek it out if you can, and stick with it.

edit: Oh, it was made for $25,000 and ran in Japan for something like 8 months, racking up $25,000,000 in ticket sales.

edit2: as per one of my posts below, the UK Blu-ray is actually REGION FREE. I tested it on my US XBox One, and in my Oppo 103.

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Old 03-06-19, 08:53 AM
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Re: One Cut of the Dead (2017 Japanese zombie movie you need to see)

Bumping this thread because:
1. I watched the Region B Blu-ray last night, and
2. It's still just as good as it was the first time.
3. I watched it with two people who I weren't sure would be into it, but they loved it.

Buy it. Watch it. You will not regret it.
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Old 03-06-19, 01:10 PM
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I saw this at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival last November and was absolutely gobsmacked by how clever it was, as was the rest of the crowd. Didn't find a thread here at the time and this one totally flew under my radar when 'Dan' started it last month.

I think the programmers were afraid some people would walk out early thinking it was just another cheapo J-horror zombie movie so they "encouraged" everyone to stick around for the twists, which was kind of a spoilery-in-itself move that wasn't necessary for a film festival crowd, but whatever.

That said, I concur beyond belief with the OP about this one. It's wildly inventive and decidedly not whatever you might think it is. This is really good stuff.

Had a lump in my throat at the end of it, too. Can't think of any other zombie movie that had that effect!

I find it rather ridiculous that no American DVD/Blu distributor (or even theatrical distributor for that matter) appears to have picked this up for release. Considering all the truly schlocky J-horror that has graced North American store shelves and streaming services over the years, you'd think one of the smartest shows of all would find a willing distributor, but no.

As the OP suggests this is best enjoyed cold (especially no reviews, which I've STILL yet to read outside of the raves in Variety and THR), but I don't think the main trailer spoils much at all:


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Old 03-06-19, 01:14 PM
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Re: One Cut of the Dead (2017 Japanese zombie movie you need to see)

^ Yay, someone else who has seen it! IMO, that trailer should have ended at 0:49. The last 20 seconds are a bit spoilery... but not too much. It's a good tease.

For what it's worth...
Spoiler:
When the credits rolled after the first 37 minutes, the people I watched it with thought it was the actual end of the film. They were so into it at that point, they didn't realize it had only been 30-ish minutes. But then it takes that turn and... man... well... you know.


edit: POM!

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Old 03-06-19, 01:35 PM
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For what it's worth...
Spoiler:
When the credits rolled after the first 37 minutes, the people I watched it with thought it was the actual end of the film. They were so into it at that point, they didn't realize it had only been 30-ish minutes. But then it takes that turn and... man... well... you know.
Walking amongst the crowd after the screening at the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre here (an architecturally beautiful, art gallery-filled building that kind of encourages lingering), I overheard many conversations about "this bit" or "that bit" or "they got me good" or "I thought it was hilarious when", etc. Worth noting too that the Reel Asian crowd is generally NOT made up of genre buffs who would be familiar with zombie movies or J-horror, like you'd find at Toronto After Dark or Fantasia or whatever sci-fi or horror fests you might have in your neck of the woods. It's more of a TIFF crowd mix, with a heavy Asian lean, obviously. Having a familiarity with the form is a bonus for sure, but the show still manages many neat surprises.

As Variety's reviewer noted, it's really

Spoiler:
three movies in one


and so much the better for it!

Of course saying all this means now that someone will inevitably weigh in with how much they hated it.


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Old 03-06-19, 02:45 PM
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Re: One Cut of the Dead (2017 Japanese zombie movie you need to see)

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I think the programmers were afraid some people would walk out early thinking it was just another cheapo J-horror zombie movie so they "encouraged" everyone to stick around for the twists, which was kind of a spoilery-in-itself move that wasn't necessary for a film festival crowd, but whatever.
When I saw it the first time, they said something similar. Basically, stick with it because it gets interesting, and stay after the credits.

Had a lump in my throat at the end of it, too. Can't think of any other zombie movie that had that effect!
Train to Busan gave me one of those!

I find it rather ridiculous that no American DVD/Blu distributor (or even theatrical distributor for that matter) appears to have picked this up for release. Considering all the truly schlocky J-horror that has graced North American store shelves and streaming services over the years, you'd think one of the smartest shows of all would find a willing distributor, but no.
Agreed. It seems as though the Amazon Prime issue I mentioned in the OP played a part in that... once a film is available for "free" it can kill any momentum it had. Still... there's definitely room for this one to grow in NA.

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Walking amongst the crowd after the screening at the Japanese-Canadian Cultural Centre here (an architecturally beautiful, art gallery-filled building that kind of encourages lingering), I overheard many conversations about "this bit" or "that bit" or "they got me good" or "I thought it was hilarious when", etc. Worth noting too that the Reel Asian crowd is generally NOT made up of genre buffs who would be familiar with zombie movies or J-horror, like you'd find at Toronto After Dark or Fantasia or whatever sci-fi or horror fests you might have in your neck of the woods. It's more of a TIFF crowd mix, with a heavy Asian lean, obviously. Having a familiarity with the form is a bonus for sure, but the show still manages many neat surprises.
That's awesome. My crowd (the first time) was a weekly horror movie thing, and it was preceded by Juan of the Dead, so the crowd was much more tailored for this sort of thing, but I do agree that it's totally accessible enough even for people who aren't really into zombie films in general.

As Variety's reviewer noted, it's really
Spoiler:
three movies in one

and so much the better for it!
absolutely! One of the comments I heard was
Spoiler:
it's a fantastic look at indie micro-budget film making in general

and I think that's totally true.

Of course saying all this means now that someone will inevitably weigh in with how much they hated it.
Naturally. There will always be those who say a film was over-hyped... but this is one I'd outright recommend to anyone looking for something unique to watch.


Also, apparently the Region B Blu-ray may actually be region free! I noticed today that a week or so ago, the distributor mentioned this on their twitter account, saying it was meant to be Region B, but in the authoring process, it was left region free.
I played this on my Oppo, and I had already set the region of my player to B, but I'll switch it back to A to confirm...

But for those who want to buy it regardless of region coding, it's about $26 USD shipped.
Arrow - https://www.arrowfilms.com/product-d...ition/TWFBD042
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EDIT: The UK Blu-ray is indeed region free, so there you go. Everyone on this forum needs to buy a copy now.

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Old 03-06-19, 06:28 PM
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Thanks for posting about the region coding. I heard about this movie earlier this week. They said it's the best horror movie you can't see.
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Just ordered a copy based on this thread.
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Old 03-07-19, 10:28 AM
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It won the Audience Award at the Asian Film Festival I work for, and that normally only goes to "Serious Movies", not something fun like One Cut.

Fun fact: Total budget for the film was $27000.

And at the risk of being redundant, please allow me to say......POM!
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Originally Posted by Dan View Post
EDIT: The UK Blu-ray is indeed region free, so there you go. Everyone on this forum needs to buy a copy now.
Thanks for confirming. I'm region-free anyway, but nice once in a while to get overseas discs that don't require me to switch to that player.


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It won the Audience Award at the Asian Film Festival I work for, and that normally only goes to "Serious Movies", not something fun like One Cut.
Didn't realize just how many fest awards this film has won (saw the list on Arrow's page). All well-earned.

EDIT: Just checked and discovered this won the audience award at Reel Asian as well! Normally I don't bother voting in film fests here, but this one was tough to resist casting a ballot for.

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Japanese Sleeper Hit ‘One Cut of the Dead’ Heads for English Remake (EXCLUSIVE)
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All the more reason to import that UK Blu-ray of the original, folks!
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Shit.

Well, I guess that explains its relative scarcity over here (as I alluded to in post #3), and why we'll probably never see a domestic disc release until this comes to fruition. Not a problem considering the UK disc is region-free.

Certainly the concept could be transposed to any culture with an indie or otherwise small-scale genre film industry, but even after the ReelAsian film screening I was trying to imagine this inevitably being redone in the context of an American indie film and I just couldn't picture myself liking the characters. I wondered if that's because I've been watched too many cynical, mean-spirited, in-jokey American indie movies about American indie movie-making and the neurotic "dreamers" and assholes within to think that the ONE CUT characters could be as believably likeable as they are here. If that makes sense. The Japanese no-budget indie world seems like a considerably different beast than the U.S. counterpart. I fear an American version of this would feel a lot less heartfelt and way more phony. Guess we'll see.
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Watched this recently and liked it a lot, and it's been growing on me ever since. As someone who works in the low-budget film world many of these aspects hit the mark. Wonderfully done.
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Shudder, the horror specialty streaming service of AMC Networks, has acquired all rights in North America to the hit Japanese zombie comedy “One Cut of the Dead.” The company said that it had also licensed rights to the film for Australia and New Zealand, where it plans to launch later this year.
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^^^^ Awesome!
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That would be worth getting Shudder for the free promo period.
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Not to derail this into a Shudder conversation, but it's worth it for the Joe Bob Briggs-hosted double features on Friday nights. They just started on March 29 and will run for 7 more weeks. The movies so far have been C.H.U.D./Castle Freak, and Q: The Winged Serpent/Society.

But if you're only going for the free 7 days, then yeah, be sure to watch One Cut of the Dead.
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Can I watch the Joe Bob double features any time or are they just aired at that time?

Also, when does One Cut hit? I was about to cancel, but I could hold on for both of these.
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Joe Bob is live on Shutter TV at 9PM EST on Fridays, but the episodes get uploaded on Saturday, Im not sure what time theyre uploaded exactly, but probably a few hours later.

I want to see One Cut of the Dead too, its not up yet.
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