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A young girl wearing a blue puffer coat and yellow gloves, looks straight ahead as she blocks her face from the sun.

Evil Does Not Exist Aku Wa Sonzai Shinai

  Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

  Japan     105 minutes


Following his international sensation Drive My Car, filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi returns with a captivating eco-thriller that explores the eternal conflict between the natural world and the human urge to destroy it.

Set in the peaceful northern village of Harasawa, the film follows Takumi, a local handyman who lives with his young daughter and makes his living chopping wood, hauling water, and doing odd jobs around town. The tranquility of this rural life is threatened, however, when a Tokyo company announces plans to construct a high-end glamping site near the village. The venture is met with skepticism from the townspeople, who worry that the development will irreparably damage the natural environment — and, by extension, their very existence. Expertly scripted and directed with an eye for human duality, Evil Does Not Exist ponders our complicated relationship with the world around us.

 Japanese with subtitles

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Film Credits

  •   Satoshi Takata
  •   Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  •   Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, and Ayaka Shibutani
  •   Eiko Ishibashi
  •   Neopa Inc.


International Competition Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation