We Are Little Zombies

‘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.
by Makoto Nagahisa
with Keita Ninomiya, Satoshi Mizuno, Mondo Okumura, Sena Nakajima
Japan 2019 Japanese,  Subtitles: English 120’ Colour

With

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

Crew

Written and directed byMakoto Nagahisa
CinematographyHiroaki Takeda
EditingMaho Inamoto
MusicKatsuya Yamada
Sound DesignJunnosuke Okita
CostumesSatsuki Shimoyama
Make-upHitomi Mitsuno
Set DesignYukiko Kuribayashi
Script AdviserAkiko Onishi
ColouristHisashi Nemoto
CastingToshie Tabata
Line ProducerYasuo Suzuki, Tomonori Koyanagi
Production ManagerRyusuke Miyamori
ProducersTaihei Yamanishi, Shinichi Takahashi, Haruki Yokoyama, Haruhiko Hasegawa
Executive ProducersKeiichi Yoshizaki, Shigeto Arai, Michinori Mizuno, Hajime Inoue, Takaaki Kabuto

Produced by

Robot Communications

Tokio, Japan

Dentsu

Tokio, Japan

World sales

Nikkatsu Corporation

Tokio, Japan

+81 3 56891014

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.

Filmography

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

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Dates

Feb 08 19:30

HKW

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Feb 09 21:30

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Feb 10 14:30

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Feb 14 14:00

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Feb 15 12:30

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