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Film: One Cut Of The Dead (2017) – Cert 18 – Part of Grimmfest

Sunday 31st October at 7.45pm

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Director / Writer / Editor: Shin’ichirô Ueda, Producer: Koji Ichihashi, Writer: Ryoichi Wada, Cinematographer: Takeshi Sone, Cast: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya, Hiroshi Ichihara, Mao.

A director and his crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility find themselves under attack by real zombies. The opportunity to take advantage of the situation to add all-too-realistic gore effects to their movie seems too good to miss. But their new extras prove somewhat difficult to direct…

Outside of multi-million-dollar Hollywood movie productions, which are overplanned and focus-grouped to death, the majority of filmmaking is often about the lucky accident, the unexpected opportunity; about being in the right place at the right time, and making the best use of the resources available. Shin’ichirô Ueda’s riotously funny and savagely astute splatter satire takes this idea and runs hog wild with it, offering a pokerfaced portrait of cinematic opportunism taken to extreme lengths, and the creative and literal carnage which results – while at the same time offering an object lesson in inventive and challenging filmmaking on a shoestring. Shot for around $25K, the film made box office history in Japan by earning over 1000 times its budget back in ticket sales. Now THAT’S filmmaking acumen.

Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfijapan.co.uk

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