We Are Little Zombies

  • Thursday, May 30, 11:30 Mousonturm Saal
  • Sunday, June 2, 20:15 Mal Seh’n Kino
  • Japan 2019, 120 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • Director & script: Makoto NAGAHISA
  • Production: ROBOT Inc.
  • Camera: Hiroaki TAKEDA
  • World sales: Nikkatsu
  • Cast: Keita NINOMIYA, Satoshi MIZUNO, Mondo OKUMURA, Sena NAKAJIMA, Kuranosuke SASAKI


Their parents’ ashes rise above four youngsters the day they first meet at a funeral center. Different blows of fate made them orphans but now they have one thing in common – none of them can cry. What sounds like a weepy drama turns out to be an anarchic comedy and visual fever dream. Abundant pop cultural references from games to J-Pop take us into the broken world of the young protagonists.

Director's Bio

Makoto NAGAHISA, born in 1984 in Tokyo, worked at a major ad company for several years and directed music videos. He completed his short film AND SO WE PUT GOLDFISH IN THE POOL in 2017 and won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES is his first feature film. It received a special mention at the Berlin International Film Festival 2019 as well as a Special Jury Award for Originality at the Sundance Film Festival 2019.

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