EVIL DOES NOT EXIST – Official US Trailer / Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi

After winning the Oscar for his acclaimed feature Drive My Car, Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi is back with his latest project, Evils Does Not Exist-which is already showing at some of prestigious film festivals such as Venice, New York and London Film Festival.

Now, Janus Film has dropped a new trailer for the ecological fable “Evil Does Not Exist.” In the trailer, Evil Does Not Exist captures a beautifully shot meditation on human’s relationship with mystical nature, the cascading effects of corporate greed, dealing with a dumb glamping idea.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis: In the rural alpine hamlet of Mizubiki, not far from Tokyo, Takumi and his daughter, Hana, lead a modest life gathering water, wood, and wild wasabi for the local udon restaurant. Increasingly, the townsfolk become aware of a talent agency’s plan to build an opulent glamping site nearby, offering city residents a comfortable “escape” to the snowy wilderness. When two company representatives arrive and ask for local guidance, Takumi becomes conflicted in his involvement, as it becomes clear that the project will have a pernicious impact on the community… As sinister gunshots echo from the forest, both the locals and representatives confront their life choices and the haunting consequences they have.

Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, and Ayaka Shibutani star in the film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year to rave reviews, and garnered the Silver Lion Grand Jury at that festival and FIPRESCI Awards at last year’s Venice International Film Festival.

Previously, Hamaguchi explained that the project was conceived in collaboration with composer Eiko Ishibashi when she asked him to capture some original footage for a live performance she was working on.

Sideshow and Janus Films are handling the U.S. release with a limited opening planned for May 3rd in New York.

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