Evil Does Not Exist

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Director(s)Hamaguchi Ryûsuke
Writer(s)Hamaguchi Ryûsuke
Running Time1HR 46MINS
Extra InfoEnglish Subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

Urban ambitions clash with nature in Hamaguchi Ryusuke’s (Drive My Car) beguiling ecological drama.

Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life according to the cycles and order of nature. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house; offering city residents a comfortable ‘escape’ to nature.

When two company representatives from Tokyo arrive in the village to hold a meeting, it becomes clear that the project will have a negative impact on the local water supply, causing unrest. The agency’s mismatched intentions endanger both the ecological balance of the nature plateau and their way of life, with an aftermath that affects Takumi’s life.

“Compositional quirks and unhurried direction turn this tale of a Tokyo company buying up land near a pristine lake into a complex and mysterious drama” ★★★★ The Guardian

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