One Cut of the Dead Movie Review – Incredible Japanese Horror-Comedy

one cut of the dead review

One Cut of the Dead split the two of us in half. Dusty, not so much a fan. Me, Sky, absolutely loved it! The first act is weird, but acts two and three pay-off the entire story like none other.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from One Cut of the Dead

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Sky: Improvise, adapt and overcome. 

  • They were beset by so many challenges but ingenuity and an attitude of “it can be done” had them succeed in the end. The producer was about to throw in the towel but daughter Mao improvised, asserted herself and the show went on. The Director and his wife took over two parts and killed it.

Dusty: Never listen to Sky’s movie recommendations.

  • That’s one opinion. And you know what they say about opinions…

What a weird first act, but it’s paid off later!

Sky: Always be ready because today might be your time to shine.

  • The camera assistant was able to take over and did a great job because she knew the job. Also, the Director and Nao knew the script and everyone’s roles, so they could take over as well.

Dusty: Perseverance is critical to getting the job done.

  • When beset by challenges, like this team was, you have to overcome one challenge at a time on your way to success.

Action!

Sky: Constraints or restrictions force you to get creative.

  • They were given just two hours prior to showtime to make it work, and they did it. They were forced to get creative and use the resources on hand. Happy, successful ending.

Dusty: Influence others by showing them the benefit they’ll receive from doing what you want them to.

  • The Director convinced Ko, the love interest-turned-zombie, to continue with the show by telling him this is his show and it’s all about him.

Fun interplay between the “director”, “actors” and “zombies”.

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 83%
  • The Critics: 100%

Grades:

  • A+ from Sky
  • Z from Dusty (bringing shame to the Matsuhashi family)

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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