EAST COAST PREMIERE
"Dark, bloody, unflinchingly brutal, yet also laugh-out-loud funny, genuinely touching and with a profound social conscience, Greatful Dead is the real deal." —Twitch Film
Wealthy young Nami (astonishing newcomer Kumi Takiuchi) has found herself a hobby to while away the time between ordering new appliances and fashion accessories–surveilling the lives of the crazed and lonely, or "Solitarians," as she calls them. Perched atop the city with powerful binoculars, she tracks the descent of the elderly and unemployed into madness and death, gleefully snapping a selfie beside their freshly decaying corpses. When one of her most prized Solitarians (Takashi Sasano) is snatched up by Christian volunteers and becomes hopeful once again, Nami is sent into a murderous rage, pitting young against old in an epic, bloody battle. Eiji Uchida’s genre pleaser is also a cutting critique of Japan’s post post-bubble insularity and consumerism.
Japan. 2014. 97 min. DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Eiji Uchida. With Kumi Takiuchi, Takashi Sasano, Kkobbi Kim.
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- July 18, 2014
- 10:45 pm