First Look at Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s New Film “Evil Does Not Exist”

After garnering international acclaim and an Oscar for his film “Drive My Car,” Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi is back with a new project titled “Evil Does Not Exist.” The film recently premiered at the 2023 Venice Film Festival and is making its rounds at other major festivals like TIFF, NYFF, London, and Chicago.

The Story Unveiled

“Evil Does Not Exist” is set in Mizubiki Village, near Tokyo, where Takumi and his daughter Hana reside. The film delves into the lives of the villagers who are suddenly confronted with a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house. This proposed development threatens not only the local water supply but also the ecological balance of the area, causing unrest among the villagers.

What Sets It Apart

The film is categorized as an eco-thriller or eco-fable, a genre that is not often explored. It addresses the impact of modern development on traditional ways of life and the environment. The film stars Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, Ayaka Shibutani, Hazuki Kikuchi, and Hiroyuki Miura.

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Filmmaking Techniques to Note

Hamaguchi, known for his nuanced storytelling, employs a quieter tone in this film compared to his previous works. The script is also penned by Hamaguchi, from a concept he developed with Eiko Ishibashi. The film is produced by Satoshi Takada.

Upcoming Screenings and Release

As of now, there is no final release date set for the United States. However, the film will be playing at AFI Fest next. Keep an eye out for more news on this intriguing project.

Final Thoughts

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If you’re a fan of eco-thrillers or just looking for something different from the usual cinematic fare, “Evil Does Not Exist” is a film to watch out for.

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