One Cut of the Dead

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One Cut of the Dead
Japanese film poster
Directed byShin'ichirô Ueda
Produced byKoji Ichihashi[1]
Screenplay byShin'ichirô Ueda[1]
Music by
  • Nobuhiro Suzuki
  • Kailu Nagai[1]
CinematographyTsuyoshi Sone[1]
Edited byShin'ichirô Ueda[1]
Enbu Seminar[1]
Release date
  • November 2017 (2017-11) (Japan)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Budget¥3 million ($25,000)
Box office¥3.12 billion (Japan)
$30.5 million (worldwide)

One Cut of the Dead (カメラを止めるな!, Kamera o Tomeru na!, transl. "Don't Stop the Camera!") is a 2017 Japanese zombie comedy film written and directed by Shin'ichirô Ueda.

Made with a low budget of ¥3 million ($25,000) 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 exposure, including a re-release in Japan. It grossed US $27,935,711 (¥3.12 billion) in Japan and $30.5 million worldwide, making box office history by earning over a thousand times its budget. The film also received universal acclaim from critics, who praised its originality, writing and humor.


The makers of a low-budget zombie film called "One Cut of the Dead" are shooting 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.

Flashback to one month earlier, it is revealed that the director has been approached by a zombie channel to create a TV episode of a zombie attack, using only one camera, without any stoppages and will be broadcast live. The film then goes on to reveal all the problems that arose during filming.


  • 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


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

One Cut of the Dead was made for ¥3 million (approximately $25,000 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]


One Cut of the Dead opened in Japan in an 84-seat Tokyo art house theater with an initial theatrical run of six days.[1] The film began garnering international attention after it became the runner-up in the audience vote at the Udine Far East Festival.[2] Of 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.[1]


Box office[edit]

In Japan, the film sold 2,149,449 tickets and grossed ¥3,040,246,069 in 136 days.[3] It became the seventh highest-grossing domestic film of 2018, grossing ¥3.12 billion ($28,254,727) at the Japanese box office.[4] It made box office history by earning over a thousand times its budget.[5]

Overseas, the film grossed NT$53 million (US$1,757,761) in Taiwan,[6] HK$7.06 million (US$909,530) in Hong Kong,[7] $154,123 in South Korea,[8] and $2,850 in Iceland,[9] for a worldwide total of $30,484,282.

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 100% Certified Fresh approval rating based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 8.49/10. The site's critical consensus states, "Brainy and bloody in equal measure, One Cut of the Dead reanimates the moribund zombie genre with a refreshing blend of formal daring and clever satire."[10]

Writing for Variety, Richard Kuipers declared the film to be a "marvelously inventive horror-comedy [that] breathes new life into the zombie genre", and 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 although 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"[11]


Award Category Nominee Result
43rd Hochi Film Awards[12] 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[13] Best Film One Cut of the Dead Nominated
Yūjirō Ishihara Award Won
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Nominated
Best Newcomer Nominated
40th Yokohama Film Festival[14] Special Jury Prize One Cut of the Dead Won
73rd Mainichi Film Awards[15] Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Won
Best Screenplay Nominated
61st Blue Ribbon Awards[16] Best Film One Cut of the Dead Won
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Nominated
28th Tokyo Sports Film Awards[17] Best Film One Cut of the Dead Nominated
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Won
Best Actor Takayuki Hamatsu Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Harumi Shuhama Nominated
Best Newcomer Won
42nd Japan Academy Prize[18] Picture of the Year One Cut of the Dead Nominated
Best Director Shinichiro Ueda Nominated
Best Actor Takayuki Hamatsu Nominated
Best Screenplay Shinichiro Ueda Nominated
Best Music Nobuhiro Suzuki, Shōma Itō, and Kyle Nagai Nominated
Best Cinematography Takeshi Sone Nominated
Best Sound Recording Kōkichi Komoda Nominated
Best Film Editing Shinichiro Ueda Won
13th Asian Film Awards Best New Director Shinichiro Ueda Nominated


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