On-Air Film Review: Ryusuke Hamagachi’s ‘Evil Does Not Exist’

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CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com audio film review for the “Evil Does Not Exist,” the latest film from Japanese writer/director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, whose “Drive My Car” won Best International Film at the 2022 Oscars. In select theaters since May 10, 2024. See local listings.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 5.0/5.0
Rating: 5.0/5.0

The film involves a Japanese village within driving distance of Tokyo, pristine in its state of nature and populated by indigenous villagers for several generations. A developer from Tokyo intends to build a “glamping” site … short for luxurious “glamour camping” … to exploit the area’s nature for vacationers. When a meeting is held with the villagers regarding the build-out, there is a questioning to representatives Takahashi (Ryuji Osaka) and Mayuzumi (Ayaka Shibutani) regarding legitimate environmental concerns, especially from Takumi (Hitoshi Omika) the village leader and widower father of daughter Hana (Ryo Nishikawa). When the Tokyo developers ignore the rep’s report, and demand that they alter the villager’s attitudes, at the same time Takumi’s daughter goes missing, and the village pitches in to find her.

“Evil Does Not Exist” is in select theaters since May 10th, including Chicago’s (click) Landmark Century Centre Cinema. Featuring Aryuji Osaka, Ayaka Shibutani, Hitoshi Omika and Ryo Nishikawa. Written and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. Not Rated.

StarCLICK HERE for Patrick McDonald’s audio review of “Evil Does Not Exist.”

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StarCLICK HERE for Patrick McDonald’s audio review of “Evil Does Not Exist.”

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