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If the world changed,
how would you live?

The hit manga "Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead" (currently serialized in Monthly Sunday GX) explores this universal theme that humanity has long pursued through creative expression, using a brand new setting that combines zombies, the pandemic, and employees who are treated as mere drones by exploitative companies.

Haro Aso, the author of the hit manga "Alice in Borderland," which was adapted into a live-action series by Netflix, teamed up with illustrator Kotaro Takata for this work, which found instant popularity from the start of its run in 2018. This manga is being adapted into anime by the animation studio Bug Films, which has produced hit works like "Komi Can't Communicate" and "Summer Time Rendering."This anime adaptation has started broadcasting from July 2023. Plus, a long-awaited live-action film adaptation is coming to Netflix.

This work of zombie entertainment from Japan that aims for global standards will be helmed by Yusuke Ishida, who served as third unit director for Shin Godzilla (2016). This multi-talented creator brings a fresh touch to this movie, having directed not only films but also concert performances and theme park attractions that utilize cutting-edge technology. The many dynamic scenes of characters being chased by hordes of zombies through Kabukicho, Shinjuku and the Ome Kaido road are a feast for the eyes.


The protagonist, Akira, is played by Eiji Akaso, a popular and skilled young actor who is taking the entertainment world by storm. A young man filled with hopes and dreams, Akira is hired by a production company fresh out of college, but he quickly learns that his new employer is an exploitative company where he will be forced to become a worker drone, battered by brutal working conditions. However, when the world crumbles due to a zombie pandemic, Akira is invigorated with the will to live life to the fullest. Akaso's natural freshness makes this vibrant version of the protagonist feel upbeat and charming.

Mai Shiraishi plays Shizuka, who accompanies Akira on his journey. At first, she mocks the carefree attitude of Akira, who tries to enjoy each day to the fullest, but she begins to open up to him after he saves her life. Through Shiraishi's performance, viewers will witness this change from a person who is a bundle of nerves to one who has become more human.


Akira's old college friend and former football teammate, Kencho, is played by Shuntaro Yanagi, whose presence has been felt in many works, including the Netflix Series "Alice in Borderland." With his ability to pull off everything from comedy gags to action scenes, Yanagi has created a fun and reliable partner for Akira.

Standing in the way of these three is Kosugi, Akira's boss who abuses his position of power to harass him. The facial expressions of Kosugi, played by Kazuki Kitamura, as he berates Akira are incredible, easily persuading audiences that he is definitely not a boss you would want to work for. The cast is rounded out by Yui Ichikawa, Mayo Kawasaki Miwako Kakei and more to create a one-of-a-kind setting.

Unwilling to give up in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, Akira and his companions make a bucket list of things they want to do before becoming zombies and endeavor to make each of these dreams come true. Their unrelenting positive outlook gives us as viewers courage and inspiration as we spend each day not knowing what tomorrow may bring.



After graduating from a university in Tokyo, Akira Tendo (Eiji Akaso) joins a production company as a new graduate. Armed with a strong spirit fostered in his time playing football at university, he declares that the working life he always dreamed about begins now. But when he returns to work after his welcome party, he is initiated into endless days of overnight work and eventually realizes that he has been hired at an exploitative company.
Thus begins Akira's hellish ordeal under his boss Kosugi (Kazuki Kitamura), a skilled employee who uses his position of power to abuse his underlings. Akira struggles to find any time for himself, even to keep his apartment clean. As he gradually becomes a mere drone, he sullenly opens his door one morning to find that the world has completely changed. An unknown virus has spread, one that transforms the infected into mindless, zombie-like predators.

Despite this hopeless situation, Akira is all smiles: "I don't have to go in to work anymore! I can do whatever I want!" He makes a list of the things he wants to do before becoming a zombie, filling it with the goals he couldn't achieve in his life until now. He teams up with Shizuka Mikazuki (Mai Shiraishi), who he randomly encounters on the street, and Kenichiro Ryuzaki, nicknamed "Kencho" (Shuntaro Yanagi), his best friend he had lost touch with. Together, they set out on an adventure to check everything off this bucket list.

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Eiji Akaso / Akira Tendo
Eiji Akaso
Akira Tendo
Mai Shiraishi / Shizuka Mikazuki
Mai Shiraishi
Shizuka Mikazuki
Shuntaro Yanagi / Kenichiro Ryuzaki
Shuntaro Yanagi
Kenichiro Ryuzaki
Yui Ichikawa / Saori Ohtori
Yui Ichikawa
Saori Ohtori
Mayo Kawasaki / Boss
Mayo Kawasaki
Akari Hayami / Sumire Kosaka
Akari Hayami
Sumire Kosaka
Miwako Kakei / Maki
Miwako Kakei
Kazuki Kitamura / Gonzo Kosugi
Kazuki Kitamura
Gonzo Kosugi


DirectorYusuke Ishida

Born in 1977. From Kanagawa prefecture. After serving as editor for "Love Strikes!" (2012, directed by Hitoshi One), he made his film directorial debut with "Naoto Inti Raymi Bokenki Tabi Uta Diary" in 2013. He was third unit director for "Shin Godzilla" (2016, directed by Shinji Higuchi), and in 2019, he was the director and screenwriter for the WOWOW drama "Afro Tanaka." In addition to directing concert performances, he also utilized his knowledge of projection mapping and real-time motion capture to produce the Universal Studios Japan attraction "Godzilla: the Real 4-D" (2017), using his wealth of experience across many fields.

ScreenwriterTatsuro Mishima

Born in 1987. From Fukushima prefecture. After graduating from the Japan Academy of Moving Images, he mainly served as a crew member on many films. He worked on the films "Mumon: The Land of Stealth" (2017, directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura), "Chihayafuru Part 3" (2018, directed by Norihiro Koizumi), "Typhoon Family" (2019, directed by Masahide Ichii), and others. He also worked on the script for "The Witness" (2019, directed by Junichi Mori) and wrote the screenplay for the dTV series "Sam no Koto" (2020), which starred the fourth class of Nogizaka46. He is also the writer of the upcoming Netflix Film "Yu Yu Hakusho" (to be released in December 2023, directed by Sho Tsukikawa).

Original MusicYoshiaki Dewa

Born in 1984. From Osaka prefecture. In addition to arranging and handling sound production for all songs of the rock band Amazarashi, he has also composed music for many films, anime and commercials. Major titles featuring his work are the TV series "A Story to Read When You First Fall in Love" (2019, TBS) and "Cursed in Love" (2020, Nippon TV), and the anime series "Call of the Night," "Hell's Paradise" and more.

ProducerAkira Morii

Born in 1973. Starting with Maboroshi no Hikari in 1995, worked on the production of several films including Kids Return and BLOOD&BONES. After joining ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS INC. in 2009, produced content for numerous hit series such as Umizaru and Mozu.The Netflix series “Alice in Borderland” has become a global hit, winning first place in the Netflix weekly global TOP 10 (non-English TV)at the time of season 2 releases.In 2021, he became independent and launched Plus One Entertainment CO., LTD.
In August 2022,he joined THE SEVEN Co., Ltd. and became the chief content officer.
Appointed as a director in 2023.From now on,he work on “YuYu Hakusho” and more.


ZOM 100: Bucket List of the Dead ©Haro Aso, Kotaro Takata, Shogakukan

Based on the original comics by:Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata

ZOM 100: Bucket List of the Dead

(published in Sunday GX Comics
by Shogakukan)

Akira Tndo mutters as he watches a zombie movie in his dirty room.
"It's heaven compared to the my company."
With three years under his belt at the company from hell, he is mentally and physically spent.
Besides his love for Ms. Otori doesn't materialize.
Feels as though his job from hell has turned him a zombie then, just one morning it happens.
The zombie pandemic descends on Japan!

When Akira realizes that he doesn't have to go to work while being chased by zombies, he says...a shout of joy!!?
Having regained his vitality, he writes down what he wants to do in notebook---

An unprecedented youth zombie action drama spun by the tags of Haro Aso and Kotaro Takada. The original comics are serialized in Monthly Sunday GX. The series published in book form for vol.1~14.


監督 石田雄介

First, how did you feel when you received this offer?

I received this offer in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, while everything was changing by the minute. There was this air of not knowing how the world would look tomorrow. As such, I really empathized with Akira's attitude of wanting to live in the present to the fullest, and thought that people around the world might share this idea too. I accepted the offer because I thought that this story could generate entertainment that would propel viewers to look forward to tomorrow.
Based on this concept, I focused on being as realistic as possible. During the challenging period, the awareness and values of people around the world related to the concept of pandemics changed quite drastically. Simply put, the keywords "infection" and "vaccine" became very familiar and personal for all of us. In that situation, I thought that portraying similar concepts in an unrealistic manner, even if it was fiction, would take the viewers out of the experience.
This story has a refreshing viewpoint because a world that is plagued by zombies is actually heaven for Akira. I worked closely with Eiji Akaso during the filming to carefully craft the emotional expression of his character so that viewers could accept him as a real young man in his 20s, rather than viewing his words and actions as overly eccentric. This film requires viewers to empathize with Akira, so we took every effort to ensure that they could feel a part of this world by creating a story that was more of an extension of our everyday lives.

I was surprised to see scenes of zombies swarming in real places, including Kabukicho and the Ome Kaido road.
Was it difficult to achieve these realistic scenes?

They were so tough I nearly threw up! (laughs) One of the settings in this film is a Don Quijote discount store in Kabukicho. It's unusual for such action scenes to be set in an existing store. If I start talking about how hard it was to realistically recreate the streets of Shinjuku, I'll never stop (laughs). If those of us living here and foreign visitors to Japan see these scenes and think that it doesn't look like Shinjuku, we have failed. So the art team, the CG team, the action team, and really the entire staff worked really hard on these settings. The scenes in Kabukicho, including the Don Quijote location, are a fusion of real sets and visual effects. However, I always told the staff that the details mean everything. There was no point in using a setting if it didn't look like the real thing. I also focused on how to draw out a unique Japanese quality in the zombies and locations.
So, we traced each and every real sign in Kabukicho's famous sea of neon signs and recreated the Don Quijote store with the supervision of the actual staff. Experts created the store sales displays, and the items shown are all actual products that are sold there.

Each individual zombie also seems to have a unique personality, too.

I'm a huge fan of zombie movies, from George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" to the Korean film "Train to Busan." However, while zombies are well established as a type of character, each work and performance varies in terms of the details. So, I first decided on the rules for the zombies in "Zom 100." Specifically, I decided that while they cannot see, their hearing is unusually advanced. In other words, it's possible to escape from them as long as you don't make a sound, or you could lead them somewhere using sound. Based on this, the action team devised movements that are driven by hearing rather than sight.
In Japan, you can't kill the zombies using guns like in "The Walking Dead." Since you need a special license to own a firearm here, I thought about adopting an approach like "I Am a Hero," which the director of photography of this film, Taro Kawazu, also worked on. But it seemed unrealistic to have Akira and the others in their early 20s wielding guns and bows when they had only recently been university students. Then I had the idea of using sound to fight the zombies. Rather than using special weapons, if the characters could battle zombies using ubiquitous audio devices like smartphones and Bluetooth speakers, I thought it would be possible to create battles that could be understood across the language barrier.
Plus, the key phrase I told the actors was "act with the eyes." Lively eyes. Eyes that seem dead despite being alive. There is a change in Akira's eyes before and after joining the exploitative company. We have a phrase in Japanese, "eyes of a dead fish," which means that someone has a blank stare, even though they're alive. As people live, the look in their eyes may change depending on the situation, and there are countless gradations in eye color.
However, the eyes of zombies are all the same color once they stop being human. In a word, they are empty. Expressing this contrast was a main theme in this production and something I told the actors when we first met.

So everything was connected, including the actors' performances.

To contrast them with the living humans, the zombies needed to appear to lack a conscious mind. For example, when humans like us hit a wall, we will reflexively put out our arms to brace ourselves and protect our bodies. This action of self-protection is one reason humans appear to have awareness, so I had the actors, the action team and the extras avoid such movements when playing the zombies.

(Interviewer: SYO)


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The background of the project and encountering the original manga

Producer Akira Morii, who has produced hit series such as "Brave Hearts: Umizaru," "MOZU" and "Alice in Borderland," has watched the zombie entertainment boom closely, starting with "The Walking Dead" and continuing with the recent "Train to Busan" and "All of Us Are Dead." "I myself love zombie movies. Many indie film creators make zombie films, but there are no zombie films from Japan that have captured global attention. Why is that? When I was pondering this question, I happened to read the manga 'Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead.'" This was Morii's first encounter with this story. The moment he read the first chapter, he was completely pulled in. "In Japan, there is overwhelming social pressure to find a job. I was first drawn in by the realistic portrayal of Japanese young people who cannot quit their jobs, even if they are stuck at exploitative companies. Then, when the world is turned over by a zombie pandemic, the protagonist's first thought is that he doesn't need to go to work... The moment I read the scene where Akira realizes this and screams 'Yay!', I knew I needed to adapt this to a live-action film. It had a different approach than other zombie films I had seen. Even the elements of comedy are a strength for a Japanese zombie film that could appeal to the world. I liked the idea that instead of the characters making a bucket list of things to do before they die, they make a list of things to do before they become zombies. In any case, this story struck a chord with me."

A film production where fun outweighs the difficulties

After proposing this live-action adaptation to Netflix, Morii got the okay to move forward, and the production started moving ahead full speed. This massive project posed many difficult hurdles for a live-action adaptation due to its many outdoor scenes, zombie modeling and large-scale action sequences. However, Morii simply smiles. "It was difficult, but fun. I've closed down plenty of roads for filming in my past titles (laughs). We were confident that we were the only ones who could pull this off. The hardest challenge was the zombie shark, but the impact of this was so strong when I read the manga that I wanted to include that element no matter what. I figured we just needed to turn a shark into a zombie and put it on land. Long story short, it was an incredible idea (laughs). The preparation and work itself was really tough, but the excitement of being able to do something like that outweighed the difficulty. It's really rare to find a job where you can take such silly stuff so seriously (laughs)."

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The challenge of betting an unbelievable budget on next-generation talent

Battling alongside Morii was director Yusuke Ishida, who was recommended to him by Netflix. Netflix's Shinichi Takahashi, who served as executive producer, explains the meaning behind his suggestion: "Ishida had directed the title sequence for 'Love Strikes!' under director Hitoshi One, as well as the musical sequence that Perfume appeared in. He has a full and firm grasp on the silliness and pop elements at the root of this film. Plus, through editing 'Attack on Titan' and serving as third unit director on 'Shin Godzilla,' he has top-level knowledge and experience of visual effects among younger directors. When considering directors who can handle projects that require a large number of visual effects, the same few names pop up in Japan, and we felt a growing concern about that. So we wanted to uncover next-generation talent who could handle large-scale titles packed with visual effects. We chose to entrust this new talent with a massive budget that would never be acceptable for typical film companies." Agreeing with Takahashi, Morii says that "Ishida was truly skillful. He created brilliant visual effects and had a fresh approach. He's an excellent talent who will become a star director in the future." Morii continues, emphasizing that this gamble was only possible at Netflix. "In the Japanese film world, while large budgets are given to works of spectacle, comedies are usually given smaller budgets. Under these conditions, I think bringing this project to life this way was a wonderful aspect of working with Netflix."
Hearing these words, line producer Yuki Nakajima mentions the attention to detail. "The scene where Akira speeds down the Ome Kaido road on a Harley was only a few lines in the script. In a movie with a limited budget, it would be the first on the chopping block, but in 'Zom 100' we had enough budget and schedule to fully tackle this story. In this environment, we were able to create a film that can convince even a global audience."

Epic scenes realized with the cooperation of Don Quijote and Nagoya City

In addition to the concept of doing silly things in a completely serious way, Ishida focused on reality. This vision is embodied in the choice to take scenes that occur at an electronics wholesaler in the original manga and set them in a real retail store — namely, a Don Quijote in Kabukicho, Shinjuku. "We thought about how to support Ishida, who was fixated on realism," Morii says. "Kabukicho is known for its Don Quijote store, which is also familiar to overseas visitors who come to Japan. We also thought there would be no way that Don Quijote would agree to it, but once we entered talks they were excited and fully on board (laughs). They drafted the sales displays for us and even cooperated with the art team."
For the scene of driving on the Ome Kaido road, the crew filmed in Nagoya City. "We closed a large part of its main street, applied zombie makeup to the extras, placed the cars, sent up smoke, and spent many hours from morning across several days to film this scene," Morii explains. "This was one example of how luxurious it felt to be able to do more."

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The teamwork of the cast members, who became like members of a school sports team

"Freshness" was not just a keyword for Ishida but for the casting process as well. Morii and the others looked to Eiji Akaso as an up-and-coming star. "As we considered the casting, everyone involved mentioned Akaso's name," Morii said. "He has the acting chops and was the perfect age. Thanks to him, we were able to create an Akira that went far beyond our expectations."
After Akaso was cast, Shuntaro Yanagi was selected to play his buddy Kencho, while Mai Shiraishi was chosen to play the heroine, Shizuka. "Yanagi's true self is very close to Kencho," said Morii. "Despite his moody looks, he is quite cheerful on the inside and an actor I never get tired of watching. He had great compatibility with Akaso. Mai Shiraishi was someone I always wanted to work with. I felt she would fit well with Shizuka's coolness, and I thought audiences would enjoy seeing her change and begin to smile more after spending time with Akira and Kencho."

Kazuki Kitamura was cast as Kosugi, the abusive boss whose appearance differs from how the character is portrayed in the manga. Morii elaborated on the choice: "We aimed to create a realistic character who was good at his job and good-looking but would also be a dangerous boss to have. We added elements of the type of veteran employees we have all known at some point. By casting Kitamura, we were able to create a character who was both feared and comical, one who viewers won't be able to bring themselves to hate completely."
Morii also highlights the groove Ishida got into with Akaso, Shiraishi and Yanagi. "Watching from the sidelines, I felt like they were a really close team. Almost like a school sports team, with Ishida as the leader and Akaso and Yanagi as the club members following him. Along with Nakajima and myself, the five of us discussed how to break the ice with Shiraishi, who was coming to the set the next day. We decided to play a little prank where we would suddenly stop calling her the more polite 'Shiraishi-san' and instead call her the more casual 'Mai-chan' (laughs). When she heard it, Shiraishi laughed at all of us, saying we were all acting strange that day. It was really a great atmosphere on set."
According to Ishida, he and the cast would share their opinions on a scene while the set was being prepared. From there, they often came up with different ideas to try out. It will be exciting to see how their great teamwork and experience of actively participating in this production will manifest on the screen.

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Based on the original graphic novel by:
Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata
"ZOM 100: Bucket List of the Dead"(published in Sunday GX Comics by Shogakukan)


Eiji Akaso Mai Shiraishi Shuntaro Yanagi

Yui Ichikawa Mayo Kawasaki Akari Hayami 
Miwako Kakei Kurumi Nakata
Doronz Ishimoto Mukau Nakamura 
Shota Taniguchi Yo Takahashi 
Kenta Satoi
 /  Kazuki Kitamura

Director: Yusuke Ishida
Screenplay: Tatsuro Mishima
Original Music: Yoshiaki DewaTheme song/inserted song produced :
Kanata Okajima , KAY (96Savages)
Music Producer: Kohei Chida
Director of Photography: Taro KawazuProduction Design: Ryota Eguchi Action Director: Yuji ShimomuraSound Recordist: Masaharu Tanabe
Sound Design: Hiro IshizakaEditor: Eri Usukine Cinematographer: Satoru TanakaGaffer: Emi Sakurai
Set Decoration Manager: Yusuke TakadeSet Decorators: Mitsuru Takahashi , Takeshi Iwai Script Supervisor: Kanae Kobayashi
VFX Supervisor: Jeffrey Dillinger VFX Producers: Ryo Takatama , Tomofumi Akahane
Stylist: Haruki Kouketsu Hair and Make-up Direction: Rie Suda Special Effects Makeup Director: Soichi Umezawa
Technical Director: Norimasa Ishida 1st Assistant Director: Yuta YoshikawaProduction Manager: Toshiyuki Okuma

Presented by: Netflix
Executive Producer: Shinichi Takahashi (Netflix)
Producer: Akira Morii
Line Producer: Yuki Nakajima
Production Company Cooperation: Plus One Entertainment
Production Company: ROBOT

©Haro Aso, Kotaro Takata, Shogakukan, ROBOT,
Netflix Film "Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead"