One Cut of the Dead

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One Cut of the Dead
Japanese film poster
Directed byShinichiro Ueda
Produced byKoji Ichihashi[1]
Screenplay byShinichiro Ueda[1]
  • Takayuki Hamatsu
  • Mao
  • Harumi Syuhama
  • Yuzuki Akiyama
  • Kazuaki Nagaya
Music by
  • Nobuhiro Suzuki
  • Kailu Nagai[1]
CinematographyTsuyoshi Sone[1]
Edited byShinichiro Ueda[1]
Enbu Seminar[1]
Release date
  • November 2017 (2017-11) (Japan)
Running time
97 minutes[1]

One Cut of the Dead (カメラを止めるな!, Kamera o Tomeru na!, lit. "Don't Stop the Camera!") is a 2017 Japanese zombie comedy film directed by Shinichiro Ueda. Made with a low budget of 3 million yen with a cast of unknown actors, the film opened in Japan in a small theatre for a six day run. Following its international success at its screening at the Udine Film Festival, the film began getting wider release including a re-release in Japan where it grossed over 3,000 million yen.[3]


In the film, the makers of a low-budget zombie film at an abandoned water filtration plant. The director, Higurashi (Takayuki Hamatsu), argues with actors and eventually abandons them. As the actors await for him to return, a real zombie apocalypse begins to the delight of the director who insists that the camera operator continue filming.


Cast and director of ''One Cut of the Dead'' in July 2018

One Cut of the Dead was made for 3 million Japanese Yen (approximately $25,000 in US Dollars at the time) with a cast of unknown actors.[1] It was made in eight days after director Shinichiro Ueda participated in workshops for actors and filmmakers at the Enbu Seminar drama school in Tokyo.[1]


  • Takayuki Hamatsu as Takayuki Higurashi
  • Mao as Mao Higurashi
  • Harumi Shuhama as Harumi Higurashi
  • Yuzuki Akiyama as Aika Matsumoto
  • Kazuaki Nagaya as Kazuaki Kamiya
  • Manabu Hosoi as Manabu Hosoda


One Cut of the Dead opened in Japan in an 84-seat Tokyo art house theater with an initial theatrical run of a six days.[1] The film began garnering international attention after it became the runner-up in the audience vote at Udine Far East Festival.[2] On the films screening at Udine, it received a standing ovation and the Audience Award at this year's Udine Far East Film Festival.[1]

After receiving positive reviews outside of Japan, the film was released in three cinemas in Tokyo in June with discounts for an audience in zombie costumes to help the film gain attention.[1] Asmik Ace stepped in to co-distribute the film, giving it a wider release in July. It was showing at around 200 screens in Japan by March 2018 where it had officially grossed 800 million yen.[1]


In Variety, Richard Kuipers declared it a "marvelously inventive horror-comedy breathes new life into the zombie genre", attributed its success to "its irresistibly bouncy spirit [...] it positively sparkles with the infectious “C’mon everyone, let’s put on a show!” enthusiasm that’s served the movies so well since the days of Andy Hardy."[2] Elizabeth Kerr of the Hollywood Reporter found the film to be "a breezy and often laugh-out-loud hilarious zombie comedy", noting that the film "sags in the second act as it sets up the third, it’s not so much that it loses all the steam it generated out of the gate."[1] David Ehrlich of IndieWire, opined that the film was "so heartfelt and hilarious that it’s easy to forgive the contrivances that hold it together, and to overlook how transparently Ueda reverse-engineers most of his best gags. Seemingly unimportant details in the film’s sluggish middle section blossom into killer jokes some 30 minutes later"[4]


Award Category Nominee Result
43rd Hochi Film Awards[5] Best Picture One Cut of the Dead Nominated
Special Award Won
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Nominated
Best New Artist Nominated
31st Nikkan Sports Film Awards[6] Best Film One Cut of the Dead Nominated
Yūjirō Ishihara Award Won
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Nominated
Best Newcomer Nominated
40th Yokohama Film Festival[7] Special Jury Prize One Cut of the Dead Won
73rd Mainichi Film Awards Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Pending
Best Screenplay Pending
61st Blue Ribbon Awards Best Film One Cut of the Dead Pending
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Pending
28th Tokyo Sports Film Awards Best Film One Cut of the Dead Pending
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Pending
Best Actor Takayuki Hamatsu Pending
Best Supporting Actress Harumi Shuhama Pending
13th Asian Film Awards Best New Director Shinichiro Ueda Pending
42nd Japan Academy Prize Picture of the Year One Cut of the Dead Pending
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Pending
Best Actor Takayuki Hamatsu Pending


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Kerr, Elizabeth (20 March 2018). "'One Cut of the Dead': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Kuipers, Richard (5 May 2018). "Film Review: 'One Cut of the Dead'". Variety. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ "『カメ止め』30億円突破、サラダパンとタイア". Bunka Tsūshin. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Ehrlich, David (August 3, 2018). "'One Cut of the Dead' Review: The Best Zombie Comedy Since 'Shaun of the Dead' — Fantasia 2018". Indiewire. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  5. ^ "「カメ止め」報知映画賞の特別賞に、上田慎一郎をキャストが祝福". Natalie. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "「カメラを止めるな!」石原裕次郎賞受賞記念特集". Nikkan Sports. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "『第40回ヨコハマ映画祭 2018年日本映画個人賞". Yokohama eigasai. Retrieved December 21, 2018.

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