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Evil Does Not Exist

4 May 2024

In the Playhouse


Japan | 2023 | Japanese | Drama

The winner of the Venice Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize, Oscar winning director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s eagerly awaited follow up to Drive My Car is a profound eco-parable that takes place in the regional outskirts of Tokyo.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi crafts a gorgeous eco-fable.

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In Harasawa, a tiny village located deep in the forest, single father Takumi and his eight-year-old daughter Hana live a simple life surrounded by pristine lakes, mountains and roaming deer. Their quiet lives are interrupted when agents from a Tokyo urban development company visit the town proposing a 'glamping project' - a resort for city vacationers looking for nature experience but not keen to get their hands dirty. When Takumi and the townsfolk's warnings that the development will pose a threat to the delicate ecological balance of the area are ignored by the agents. It becomes apparent the lives of not Takumi and Hana, but all the area's inhabitants will change. 

Featuring a staggering finale that will spark debate long after the credits, Evil Does Not Exist is a quiet and thought-provoking masterpiece about the delicate balance between humanity and nature. 

Presented by Sydney Opera House


Cast and credits


Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Screenplay Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Cinematography Yoshio Kitagawa


Hitoshi Omika as Takumi

Ryo Nishikawa as Hana

Ryuji Kosaka as Takahashi

Ayaka Shibutani as Mayuzumi

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