Evil Does Not Exist

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A village close to Tokyo is disrupted when they discover a plan to build a tourist place offering city residents a comfortable "escape" to nature.

The movie is set in the village of Mizubiki near Tokyo, where Takumi and his daughter Hana lead a quiet and modest life connected to nature. However, the village is disrupted by plans for a "glamping site" – a new and more glamorous form of camping – that pits corporate interests against the delicate balance of the local community.

The film is initially slow and captivating but takes an unexpected turn, revealing hidden malice beneath the surface. It captures conflicts between humans and nature, emphasizing the collision between progress and preservation. Evil Does Not Exist is an exploration of character and environment that challenges conventions. The strength of the film lies in its simplicity and calm rhythm that reflects the depicted environment. When developers' plans threaten the local water supply, it becomes a story of environmental conservation versus modern society, reminding us of similar conflicts at home.


Ryusuke Hamaguchi (b. 1978) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. He graduated from Tokyo University of Arts, and gained international recognition with his film Drive My Car, which received two Academy Awards nominations – for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. His film Evil Does Not Exist was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival.


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