Wild Zero

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Wild Zero
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Film poster
Directed by Tetsuro Takeuchi
Produced by Kaichiro Furata[1]
Written by Satoshi Takagi[1]
Starring
Music by Guitar Wolf
Cinematography Motoki Kobayashi
Edited by Tomoe Kubota
Production
  company
Dragon Pictures[1]
Release date(s)
  • August 8, 1999 (1999-08-08) (Japan)
Running time 98 minutes[2]
Country Japan[1]
Language Japanese[3]

Wild Zero is a 1999 Japanese horror film directed by Tetsuro Takeuchi. The film stars Masashi Endô as Ace, a big fan of the Japanese rock group Guitar Wolf. After assisting the group, Guitar Wolf makes Ace his blood brother and give him a whistle to blow during times of trouble. Ace later meets Tobio (Shitichai Kwancharu) during a gas station robbery. The group later find themselves in a the middle of a zombie invasion.

Wild Zero was shown as part of the Midnight Madness series at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival.

Production[edit]

Wild Zero was directed by Takeuchi Tetsuro who was predominantly known for shooting music videos.[1] The film was shot in Thailand with members of the Thai military and their families as zombies.[1]

Style[edit]

Wild Zero is a Japanese horror comedy.[4] The film is not part of trend of late 1990s and early 2000s J-Horror ghost story films.[5]

Release[edit]

The film was released in Japan on August 8, 1999.[6] The film was shown at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival.[7]

Synapse Film released Wild Zero on DVD on October 28, 2003.[3]

Reception[edit]

Variety gave the film a mixed review, stating that "Pic has everything the midnight crowd could possibly want, although such items generally have a hard time hitting other parts of the theatrical clock."[1] The online film database Allmovie gave the film a three and a half star rating out of five, stating that "this film's giddy energy and unrepentantly silly story line are a hoot and a holler of fun."[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Eisner, Ken (November 5, 2000). "Review: ‘Wild Zero’". Variety. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Release". BFI Film & Television Database. British Film Institute. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Wild Zero". Synapse Film. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sharp, 2011. p. 110
  5. ^ Sharp, 2011. p. 108
  6. ^ "Biography". Guitar Wolf Official Website (in Japanese). Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Crow, Jonathan. "Wild Zero Overview". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ Crow, Jonathan. "Wild Zero Review". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 

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