If there were an award for Most Ambitious Zombie Comedy of 2018, it would surely have to go to writer-director Shin’ichirô Ueda‘s feature debut ONE CUT OF The DEAD, a modest entry that has rapidly gone on to become a massive international festival favourite around the world (taking top honours at Fantastic Fest, Fantaspoa, and 15 others) and a box-office sensation in japan, where it recently passed the 2 million admissions mark – grossing over $1000 times its budget. It’s the “little zombie comedy that could!” And it’s headed back to the Rio Theatre on September 17!
A cast of relative unknowns, a brilliantly disguised low budget and an epic, 37-minute opening single take makes for a bright, breezy and laugh-out-loud hilarious zombie comedy set around a film crew shooting a zombie horror flick. Just as the director browbeats his actors and demands more special effects blood, a real zombie apocalypse erupts, much to his auteur delight. Packed with meta-movie references as mocking as they are loving, this relentless takedown of the Living Dead genre is a total blast.
“The best zombie comedy in years.” (SlashFilm)
“Drunk on its own DIY energy and deeply in love with everything it’s doing, One Cut of the Dead is a euphoric ode to the chaos (and compromises) of genre filmmaking.” (indieWire)
“Wildly inventive and endlessly unique, One Cut of the Dead is one of the most ambitious and entertaining genre experiments ever concocted.” (The Gate)
Tuesday, September 17
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
ONE CUT OF THE DEAD “Kamera o tomeru na!” (Shin’ichirô Ueda, 2017 / 97 mins / 18A) After an epic 40-minute one-take zombie-movie we get to watch behind-the-scenes of how it came to be: a comedy of errors with overly dedicated actresses, clumsy crew, arrogant directors and a lots of trials and tribulations.