Evil Does Not Exist
Takumi and his daughter Hana reside in Mizubiki village near Tokyo, surrounded by serene forests, lakes, and deer trails. Takumi’s routine life, sourcing water for a local noodle restaurant and chopping wood, is disrupted as a Tokyo-based company plans a glamping (glamour + camping) site nearby. The company’s profit-driven, insensitive approach is unveiled during a town meeting, sparking unrest in the local community.
Director HAMAGUCHI Ryūsuke masterfully captures the nuances of emotion and moral ambiguity in his signature quiet tone and slow-paced narrative with symbolic shots, offering a compelling viewing experience. As the characters’ moral dilemmas unfold, the film reveals the intricate complexities of human morality, encouraging viewers to contemplate the ultimate question: ‘Does Evil Exist?’
Cast:OMIKA Hitoshi, NISHIKAWA Ryo, KOSAKA Ryuji, SHIBUTANI Ayaka, HAZUKI Kikuchi, MIURA Hiroyuki
Tokyo-based filmmaker and screenwriter HAMAGUCHI Ryusūke gained international acclaim with his film Drive My Car (2021), which won Best International Feature Film at both the Oscars and the Golden Globes, along with Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.