Oscar Winner Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s New Film, ‘Evil Does Not Exist’, Releases New Trailer!

Oscar Winner Ryusuke Hamaguchi's New Film, 'Evil Does Not Exist', Releases New Trailer!

Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi became globally known after the success of Drive My Car, which earned him three major Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay), and one win (Best International Feature). After adapting Haruki Murakami’s short story, Hamaguchi has moved on to a new project, which was presented to audiences last year in Venice, where it won five out of the six awards it was nominated for. Evil Does Not Exist is the movie we are talking about, and ahead of this year’s American premiere, an official trailer for the movie has been released.

The movie is based on an original screenplay by Hamaguchi and based on the success it has had so far, the movie is slated to be another big hit for the Japanese filmmaker, which might earn him several awards later this year and next year.

The film will feature Hitoshi Omika as Takumi, Ryo Nishikawa as Hana, Ryuji Kosaka as Takahashi, and Ayaka Shibutani as Mayuzumi, with Hazuki Kikuchi and Hiroyuki Miura also joining the cast. Eiko Ishibashi composed the music for the film. Before we continue, here is the official US trailer you can enjoy:

The official description of the trailer is that the movie will be released in American theaters on May 3, 2024, which is a week after the scheduled Japanese theatrical release. So far, the movie has only been shown at festivals to a limited audience, even as far as its home country is concerned. The official synopsis of the movie reveals the following:

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. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s follow up to his Academy Award®-winning DRIVE MY CAR is a foreboding fable on humanity’s mysterious, mystical relationship with nature. As sinister gunshots echo from the forest, both the locals and representatives confront their life choices and the haunting consequences they have.

Based on the information we have, as well as the trailer, Evil Does Not Exist promises to be another successful outing for Ryusuke Hamaguchi, and we are looking forward to the Western premiere as well. For all updates, keep following us here on Fiction Horizon, as we are going to provide you with the latest information.

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