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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.
“WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES is built like Pac-Man on steroids, like a Wes Anderson film experiencing an intense acid trip.” —Ella Kemp, BFI “Exuberance and visual inventiveness seem to come to Nagahisa as naturally as breathing.” —Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter “No pulsating, psychedelic, pop-punk phantasmagoria ought to be as moving and smart as WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES. But Makoto Nagahisa’s explosively ingenious and energetic debut (imagine it as the spiritual offspring of Richard Lester and a Harajuku Girl) holds the high score for visual and narrative invention, as well as boasting [insert gigantic-beating-heart GIF] and braaaains, too.” —Jessica Kiang, Variety
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