Wild Zero

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Wild Zero
Film poster
Directed by Tetsuro Takeuchi
Produced by Kaichiro Furata[1]
Written by Satoshi Takagi[1]
Music by Guitar Wolf
Cinematography Motoki Kobayashi
Edited by Tomoe Kubota
Dragon Pictures[1]
Release dates
  • 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 Endō 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 the middle of a zombie invasion.

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


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]


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]


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]


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]


  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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