EVIL DOES NOT EXIST

Director: 
Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Featuring: 
Hitoshi Omika, Ryô Nishikawa, Ryûji Kosaka, Ayaka Shibutani
Language: 
Japanese
Production Country: 
Japan
Runtime
106 minutes
Rating
Genre
Drama, Eco-Thriller
Year
2023
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"This shapeshifting ecological tale becomes a yearning rumination on the alienations of modern life."—Xuanlin Tham, Little White Lies

"We are so lucky to share our planet-in-crisis with this singular artist."—Drew Gregory, Autostraddle

"Holds you tight in its grip right up to those jaw-dropping final moments."—David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


The latest film from the director of Drive My Car takes place deep in the forest of the small rural village of Harasawa. Single parent Takumi lives with his young daughter, Hana, and takes care of odd jobs for locals, chopping wood and hauling pristine well water. The overpowering serenity of this untouched land of mountains and lakes, where deer peacefully roam free, is about to be disrupted by the imminent arrival of the Tokyo company Playmode, which is ready to start construction on a glamping site for city tourists—a plan, which Takumi and his neighbors discover will have dire consequences for the ecological health and cleanliness of their community.

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