Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (2023) Review – a humorous zombie flick with parallels to the mundane working class routine

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: August 3, 2023
2023 Netflix film Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Review


This is a humorous zombie flick with many parallels to the working class and the repetitiveness of the daily routine.

Here is our review of the 2023 Netflix film Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, which does not contain spoilers.

As the world continues to change, it’s hard to process what the office climate has turned into. People are overworked and underpaid with little to no benefits. In Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead, we get to see a different side of the corporate world involving zombies.

Even though this is a well-known manga series written by Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata, this live-action taps into the mundane life everyone lives.

Akira Tendo (Eiji Akaso) is an eager new hire who wants to do his best, but he quickly learns that he will be worked to the bone and get no sleep.

It’s interesting to see what the zombies represent when they show up after a year of long hours and no reward.

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

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead has Akira Tendo at the forefront, and he is beyond happy that he was able to find an office job. However, his eagerness and joy to be part of a team are stripped away from him because of the way he is poorly treated by his employer.

He’s harassed, gaslit, and overworked. The one thing that did stand out was that he was losing sleep; he would live, eat, and even shower at the office. There was no distinction between his social life and his work life, which can harm anyone’s mental health.

Exactly one year later, Akira wakes up, and he doesn’t want to go to work. We see how messy his room is because all he has done is work and then go to sleep. He walks out like it’s a typical day, only to find an old man eating the flesh of another human.

It turns out that they have become zombies. Akira does get away and locks up the zombies in his apartment complex. Here, he feels like he is free because he doesn’t have to go to work.

Instead of worrying about the zombies taking over his town, he doesn’t even seem to care about that because, apparently, he can adapt to the zombies more so than living the corporate life.

The premise of this film is quite fun because Akira wants to do whatever he pleases and actually live his life. He attempts to check everything off of his bucket list before he gets turned into a zombie.

He cooks incredible meals, meets new people at the supermarket, and even gets into some pretty twisted situations.

Is Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (2023) good or bad?

At first, Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead really does draw you in because everyone can relate to the corporate world and the parallel to being a zombie slaving away at your desk.

But it does lose its footing in the middle because of the zombies. It’s not necessarily generic, but it does drag out until the very end. This would have benefitted from a shorter runtime, even though they do dive head-first into the zombie storyline at the beginning.

Is Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (2023) worth watching?

If you’re a fan of the manga, then you’ll definitely appreciate what they do with this live-action film. As for some viewers who are new to this story, it is entertaining and has a likable lead in Akira.

He does grow on you, and this journey with him is engaging enough to bring you along for the ride. Everyone can relate to wanting to complete so many small things before you die, and Akira realizes it’s more of the journey along the way than the actual boxes being checked off.

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