The misty village of Kosuge, located in the mountains some 90 kilometres (55 miles) west of Tokyo, has just 700 inhabitants.
With many younger villagers leaving to work or study in the cities, local authorities have concocted a cunning plan to try to lure new residents.
A creepy short promotional film introduces Kosuge's leafy vistas, but with a chilling twist as inhabitants dressed in blood-soaked zombie outfits lurch toward the camera as if in a gory video game.
As the living dead roam the deserted streets in search of fresh meat, even the town's mayor makes a cameo appearance in the five-minute film, walking into a wall to mimic a video game flaw, according to a voice-over.
The trailer, which has already been widely shared online, ends by asking viewers if they want to try Kosuge village "for real", although whether the blood-curdling spoof will be enough to tempt any new visitors beyond horror buffs remains to be seen.
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