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Evil Does Not Exist

OT: Aku wa Sonzai Shinai

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi // Japan, 2023
Fiction Feature // FF2023
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A quiet drama that plumbs the depths of the human psyche and the imponderabilities of human behaviour: In his new film, Oscar-winner Ryūsuke Hamaguchi once again proves to be Japan’s most versatile filmmaker. As with generations before them, the inhabitants of the village of Mizubiki lead a modest life in harmony with the seasons and Nature. One day, they are confronted with the plans of a company from Tokyo to build a luxury camp site. It soon becomes clear that the company’s interests will disturb the ecological balance in Mizubiki and would also have repercussions for Takumi and his daughter Hana.


RYŪSUKE HAMAGUCHI (*1978 in Japan) studied film under Kiyoshi Kurosawa at the Arts University in Tokyo. He gained international attention for Happy Hour, which was shown in 2015 at Locarno. His Haruki Murakami screen adaptation Drive my Car won the foreign-language Oscar in 2022.


Aku wa Sonzai Shinai

Fiction Feature


Asia Express//FF2023



106 min

OV with English subtitles

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi

Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, Ayaka Shibutani, Hazuki Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Miura

Satoshi Takata

Yoshio Kitagawa

Izumi Matsuno

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, Azusa Yamazaki

Eiko Ishibashi

Masato Nunobe

Pandora Film Verleih

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