Shudder, AMC’s streaming service for all things horror, thriller and everything in between, has announced that they have acquired all rights to the cult-hit Japanese zombie comedy One Cut of the Dead (original Japanese title: Kamera o tomeru na!).
One Cut of the Dead is an indie zombie comedy made on $27,000 that became a box office smash in Japan, grossing $28 million and $30 million around the world. Now, horror fans in the U.S. are getting their chance to see it later this year when it hits the streaming service. Shudder has picked up all rights in the U.S. and Canada. It has also gained all rights to Australia and New Zealand, where the service is set to launch later this year.
Directed by Shinichiro Ueda, One Cut of the Dead starts with a film crew shooting a zombie movie who unwittingly stumble into an actual zombie outbreak, all shot in a single, 37-minute take. From there, the story widens its focus, transforming into a comedic love letter to the spirit of indie filmmaking, as the cast and crew conjure up unstoppable ingenuity in the face of overwhelming odds.
One Cut of the Dead’s wild, crowd-pleasing final 30-minutes reframes everything you thought you saw in an outrageous new light. The film’s cast, most of which are non-professionals, is led by Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya, Mao, and Takayuki Hamatsu.
Critics have fallen hard for One Cut of the Dead, which is currently sitting at 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. With high praised for its comedy and use of the genre from IndieWire, Film School Rejects, and Screen Anarchy, to name a few.
The deal was negotiated by Shudder’s Emily Gotto and Third Window Films’ Adam Torel, on behalf of producer Koji Ichihashi of Enbu Seminar.
“One Cut of the Dead is pure joy, especially in its final act as all the pieces click into place and the film soars,” said Shudder’s Emily Gotto. “It’s exactly the kind of film Shudder members love to discover.”
With One Cut of the Dead, Shudder continues to prove itself as an essential service for both genre fans and cinephiles alike. Recent Shudder Original and Shudder Exclusive films include Mandy, Revenge, Summer of ‘84 and the stunning documentary, Horror Noire.
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