Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (2023) Review

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Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (2023) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on August 11th, 2023 | Movie Review | Comedy, Campy, Zombie, Body Horror, Zombie Comedy, Dangerous Exploration

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It's about a corporate drone who is freed from his servitude after a zombie apocalypse wipes out civilization overnight. He then plans to check off every item on his bucket list before he becomes a zombie!

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead was directed by Yusuke Ishida and stars Eiji AkasoMai ShiraishiShuntaro Yanagi (KARADA SAGASHI), Kazuki Kitamura (Parasyte: Part 1, Freeze Me), Yui Ichikawa (Ju-on: The Grudge 2, Ju-on: The Grudge), Mayo KawasakiAkari HayamiMiwako KakeiKurumi Nakata, and Doronzu Ishimoto.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Review

In an ever-evolving global landscape, office environment transformation has become increasingly difficult to fathom. Amidst this shift, individuals are burdened by overwhelming workloads, paltry compensation, and scant benefits. "Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead" takes a unique plunge into the corporate realm, weaving it intricately with a zombie-infused narrative that adds a layer of uncanny resonance.

While the roots of "Zom 100" are firmly entrenched in the realm of manga, penned by the creative minds of Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata, its transition to live-action delves far beyond the pages. It masterfully captures the ennui of everyday existence that resonates universally.

The film's protagonist, Akira Tendo, portrayed with compelling depth by Eiji Akaso, is an eager newcomer eager to excel in his new job. However, his enthusiasm is quickly stifled as he confronts the grueling reality of being worked to the bone and deprived of sleep.

What sets "Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead" apart is its ingenious embodiment of zombies as a metaphor. These undead creatures, appearing after a year of enduring relentless hours and meager rewards, serve as haunting symbols of societal strains.

At the crux of the narrative lies Akira Tendo, a character who starts off reveling in the achievement of a coveted office position. Yet, his vitality is soon shattered by the dehumanizing treatment he endures at the hands of his employer.

Facing a barrage of harassment, gaslighting, and a ceaseless workload, Akira's most poignant struggle is his battle with sleep deprivation. His life becomes a blur of work as he eats, sleeps, and bathes within the confines of the office walls. The once-clear boundary between his professional and personal life evaporates, resulting in a detrimental toll on his mental well-being.

Fast forward a year, and Akira awakens with dread at the prospect of another workday. His cluttered room paints a vivid picture of a life consumed by work and punctuated by sleep. A shocking encounter awaits as he enters the world—a senior citizen feasting on human flesh.

The sudden emergence of zombies marks a seismic shift in the narrative. Akira manages to evade danger and secures his apartment complex against the undead threat. Here, he finds a taste of liberation, free from the oppressive chains of his former work life.

What distinguishes "Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead" is its prioritization of Akira's emancipation over the impending zombie takeover. Interestingly, Akira appears more adaptable to this nightmarish zombie existence than the relentless grind of the corporate world.

The film's premise is refreshingly inventive as it chronicles Akira's quest to seize life's pleasures and fully immerse himself in experiences. His journey becomes a race against time to check off items on his bucket list before succumbing to the inevitable fate of becoming a zombie.

Through this journey, he savors gourmet meals, forges connections with fellow shoppers at the supermarket, and becomes entangled in bizarre yet engaging situations.

While the film captures attention by drawing parallels between the corporate landscape and the zombie trope, it encounters a mild stumble in the middle. The focus on zombies somewhat slackens, leading to a pacing lull that eventually rights itself toward the climax. An edited runtime could have sharpened the narrative's impact, although the movie undeniably starts strong with its zombie theme.

For ardent fans of the manga series, the film offers a gratifying visualization of the story's essence. For those newly introduced to this narrative, "Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead" presents an engaging experience primarily driven by the charismatic portrayal of Akira.

Worth Watching?

As the film unfolds, Akira's character becomes increasingly endearing, inviting the audience into his transformative journey. The film's core message—savoring life's seemingly insignificant moments as a part of a meaningful journey—resonates universally. Akira's realization underscores that it's not just about ticking off boxes but relishing the trip, a sentiment of universal relevance.

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