The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

One Cut of the Dead

One Cut of the Dead

EXTENDED — AGAIN!!

Why are people flocking to experience Shin’ichirô Ueda’s new Japanese sensation One Cut of the Dead!? Is it the 100% Rotten Tomato rating that, after 67 reviews and counting, just won’t drop!? Is it the film’s buzzed-about, ultra-insane 37-minute single-shot opening take? Is it the film’s skillful blend of laughs, thrills – and of course, buckets of gore? (This is a zombie film, after all…)

In this ingenious romp that LA Times calls “A master class in endless narrative inventiveness and an ode to the resourceful and collaborative spirit of hands-on filmmaking, amounting to an explosively hilarious rarity,” a hack director and his eclectic crew are tasked with making a low-budget zombie film called “One Cut of the Dead”. As the production begins filming at an abandoned water filtration plant, an actual zombie outbreak begins, shocking the crew – but delighting the director who insists that they continue filming in order to capture the real life action.

Just when you think you’ve had your fill of zombie horror and satire, this 100% fresh zom-com comes along to fill your brains with its imaginative narrative and innovative structure.

A hack director and his eclectic crew are tasked with making a low-budget zombie film called “One Cut of the Dead”. As the production begins filming at an abandoned water filtration plant, an actual zombie outbreak begins, shocking the crew but delighting the director who insists that they continue filming in order to capture the real life action. As the film progresses and spills its guts, it is revealed that many unexpected problems arose during this one-take production — and not just from the zombies!

Just when you think you’ve had your fill of zombie horror and satire, this 100% fresh zom-com comes along to fill your brains with its imaginative narrative and innovative structure.


“An ingenious, chest-thumpingly affectionate tribute to imagination and ideas trumping money” — Shaun Munro, Flickering Myth

“A totally new breed of DIY-genre movie, built on endless amounts of love for the form and proving that there’s plenty of room for feel-good laughs amongst all the flesh-eating action.” — Ben Robins, HeyUGuys

“Shin’ichirô Ueda’s zombie comedy is one that purposefully pretends to offer familiar zombie schlock only to rip the rug out from under us in an innovative, hilarious way. The level of detail is uncanny, and the comedy is equally matched by charm.” — Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting

“A celebration of bold new talents, unexpected genre mashing, and audacious filmmaking that leaves your mouth on the floor.” — Nathanael Hood, Unseen Films

One Cut of the Dead