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Evil Does Not Exist - CinemAsia

In a forest village near Tokyo, Takumi’s peaceful life is disrupted by the plans for a glamping site catering to city folks. A story about the complexities of moral ambiguity.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Evil Does Not Exist

Takumi and his daughter Hana reside in Mizubiki village near Tokyo, surrounded by serene forests, lakes, and deer trails. Takumi's routine life, sourcing water for a local noodle restaurant and chopping wood, is disrupted as a Tokyo-based company plans a glamping (glamour + camping) site nearby. The company's profit-driven, insensitive approach is unveiled during a town meeting, sparking unrest in the local community.

Director Hamaguchi Ryūsuke masterfully captures the nuances of emotion and moral ambiguity in his signature quiet tone and slow-paced narrative with symbolic shots, offering a compelling viewing experience. As the characters’ moral dilemmas unfold, the film reveals the intricate complexities of human morality, encouraging viewers to contemplate the ultimate question: does evil exist?