We Are Little ZombiesJapan, 2019 : Alberta Premiere
When four young orphans—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese, and yet none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies; devoid of all emotion. With no family, no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, the young teens decide that the first level of this new existence involves salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass, and a charred wok from their former homes—just enough to start a band, and then conquer the world. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism, and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.
Sundance Film Festival 2019
Berlin International Film Festival 2019
BiFan - Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2019
Fantasia International Film Festival 2019
Born in Tokyo, Nagahisa directed films and music videos while working at a major ad agency as a commercial planner. In 2017, he wrote and directed the short film AND SO WE PUT GOLDFISH IN THE POOL, and was the first Japanese to win the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the 33rd Sundance Film Festival. This is his first full-length feature film.
CJSW Playlist curated by Victoria Stanford of Lavender Menace (Tues. 2-4pm)
press for We Are Little Zombies
"Blissful, whacked-out, inspired, juvenile, dementedly inventive, hyper-energized."- The Hollywood Reporter
"A rainbow-colored, RPG-inspired scream into the abyss. A riotous debut feature."- Vulture
"A hyperstylized, hyperactive and hyper-fun movie spectacular. No pulsating, psychedelic, pop-punk phantasmagoria ought to be as moving and smart."- Variety
Winner, World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality, Sundance 2019