In a year as jam-packed with quality films both from Japan and around the world as 2019 was, it’s a testament to the quality of quirky Japanese indie film We Are Little Zombies that it was able to rise above them as one of my favorite movies of the year. While the movie instantly draws the viewer in with its fast-paced directorial style, unique visuals and chiptune soundtrack, the movie excels through its use of all these elements to put the audience into the minds of these kids as they process grief. A wonderful showcase of the next generation of Japanese director, audiences outside of Japan will have their first opportunity outside of film festivals to see We Are Little Zombies when it releases in digital and virtual cinemas in the US next month.
The film made itself known on the international circuit thanks to an impressive victory in the World Cinema category at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, where it received a Special Jury Award for originality. We Are Little Zombies follows 4 young children who have each been recently orphaned as the result of the deaths of their parents. They feel like they should be sad about what’s happened, but the tears won’t fall, so instead they decide to make a band.
Having released in Japanese cinemas last year, We Are Little Cinemas will receive its first international run with a US cinema showcase courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories. With many cinemas still closed as a result of coronavirus, however, and in order to ensure more people will have the opportunity to see the movie, the movie will also hit virtual cinemas in the US on the same date.
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We Are Little Zombies will release in the US on July 10th, and more information on the film can be found over on the movie’s official website for the American release.