We Are Little Zombies

We Are Little Zombies

We Are Little Zombies

Four young teenage orphans form a band in order to reclaim their emotions in this Japanese Sundance feature.

"One sunny day, four young strangers—Hikari, Ikuko, Ishi, and Takemura—meet by chance at a crematorium. They have all recently lost their parents, but none of them can shed a tear. They are like zombies, devoid of all emotion. Alone in the world at 13 years old with no future, no dreams, and no way to move forward, our protagonists dress themselves in scraps from a garbage dump, track down musical instruments, and decide to form a kick-ass band. They call themselves LITTLE ZOMBIES. This is a story about their quest to retrieve their ability to feel." (Sundance 2019)

2019Rating: M, Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb120 minsJapanJapanese with English subtitles
DramaMusicWorld Cinema

Reviews & comments

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

Saying We Are Little Zombies is “a bit hectic” is a bit of an understatement, and yet, as Nagahisa’s passion project exploded across the screen, I found myself giving my heart to it.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Blissful, whacked-out, inspired, juvenile, dementedly inventive, hyper-energized — all of this and more apply to music video and advertising whiz Makoto Nagahisa's first feature We Are Little Zombies.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The film is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a world where emotions are accessed and revealed primarily through digital intermediaries.

Vulture

Vulture

press

A rainbow-colored scream into the abyss... one of the most exciting premieres at Sundance this year.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Whatever demented game its characters are playing, Nagahisa’s live-action Twitch-fest is delightful for how it lets us watch along.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Nagahisa's script dares to embrace true nihilism: not selfishness, not posturing decadence, but the genuine commitment to your core that the meaningless of the world isn't a bug, it's a feature.

Variety

Variety

press

No pulsating, psychedelic, pop-punk phantasmagoria ought to be as moving and smart as We Are Little Zombies.

Slash Film

Slash Film

press

Saying We Are Little Zombies is “a bit hectic” is a bit of an understatement, and yet, as Nagahisa’s passion project exploded across the screen, I found myself giving my heart to it.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Blissful, whacked-out, inspired, juvenile, dementedly inventive, hyper-energized — all of this and more apply to music video and advertising whiz Makoto Nagahisa's first feature We Are Little Zombies.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The film is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a world where emotions are accessed and revealed primarily through digital intermediaries.

Vulture

Vulture

press

A rainbow-colored scream into the abyss... one of the most exciting premieres at Sundance this year.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Whatever demented game its characters are playing, Nagahisa’s live-action Twitch-fest is delightful for how it lets us watch along.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Nagahisa's script dares to embrace true nihilism: not selfishness, not posturing decadence, but the genuine commitment to your core that the meaningless of the world isn't a bug, it's a feature.

Variety

Variety

press

No pulsating, psychedelic, pop-punk phantasmagoria ought to be as moving and smart as We Are Little Zombies.

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