As a junior high school student, director Shinichiro Ueda used to make short films with his classmates, and after graduating he continued to hone his skills and passion. In 2010 he formed the film company Panpokopina（パンポコピーナ）and to date his various projects have received 20 grand-prize awards at various film festivals. In 2015 he made his commercial debut with a short film in the omnibus film project Neko Manma. With his personal slogan of “making films which will still be fun after 100 years” Ueda strives to make entertaining films and his latest work One Cut of the Dead is a perfect example of that.
Ueda’s “workshop” film project was completed with with non-professional actors and a budget of just $27,000, but has since has grossed $30 million domestically despite an advertising budget of $0 and opening on just 2 screens! To put the Japanese box office into perspective, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Deadpool 2 and Black Panther grossed a total of around $15 million each, after opening on 500+ screens.
Selected to over 80 international film festivals, you will not want to miss the limited UK theatrical release of One Cut of the Dead, courtesy of Third Window Films. Showing from 4th January 2019 at The Price Charles Cinema (London), Broadway Cinema (Nottingham), Glasgow Film Theatre, Chapter (Cardiff), Cube (Bristol), Quad Cinema (Derby) Deptford Cinema (London), and more to be confirmed.
One Cut of the Dead opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film… Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that this warehouse is the site where military experiments once took place… This may sound like the plot of a clichéd zombie film, but One Cut of the Dead is something completely different. Starting off with a non-stop one-take 37 minute shot, the film then completely switches direction and turns the zombie genre completely upside down into a charming, audience-friendly comedy!