Berlinale: Programme

Film File

Generation 14plus

We Are Little Zombies

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‘We’re zombies. We’re dead. We’re dying. But we’re alive. I don’t know which. So we might as well do what we want.’

When the four young orphans first meet, their parents’ bodies are being turned into dust, like fine Parmesan atop a plate of spaghetti Bolognese. The crematorium chimney exhales their ash into the sky, and with it vanishes all that Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi und Takemura have known up till now. But having no parents also means no more school and no more karate or piano lessons. The first level of this new existence centres on salvaging a gaming console, an old electric bass and a charred wok from their former homes. Well, it’s enough to start a band and conquer the world. Anyways, reality is just too stupid to bother wasting tears on. Tragedy, comedy, music, social criticism and teenage angst are all subsumed in this eccentric cinematic tsunami.

Makoto Nagahisa

Japan 2019


120’ · Colour


Keita Ninomiya (Hikari Takami)
Satoshi Mizuno (Shinpachi Ishi)
Mondo Okumura (Yuki Takemura)
Sena Nakajima (Ikuko Ibu)


Written and Directed by
Makoto Nagahisa
Hiroaki Takeda
Maho Inamoto
Katsuya Yamada
Sound Design
Junnosuke Okita
Satsuki Shimoyama
Hitomi Mitsuno
Set Design
Yukiko Kuribayashi
Script Adviser
Akiko Onishi
Hisashi Nemoto
Toshie Tabata
Line Producer
Yasuo Suzuki, Tomonori Koyanagi
Production Manager
Ryusuke Miyamori
Taihei Yamanishi, Shinichi Takahashi, Haruki Yokoyama, Haruhiko Hasegawa
Executive Producers
Keiichi Yoshizaki, Shigeto Arai, Michinori Mizuno, Hajime Inoue, Takaaki Kabuto


Makoto Nagahisa

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1984. While working at a major advertising agency, he also directed his own films and music videos. His 2017 short, And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool, which he also wrote, was the first Japanese film to win the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. We Are Little Zombies is his debut feature film.


2017 And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool; short film 2019 We Are Little Zombies

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Robot Communications


World Sales

Nikkatsu Corporation