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Lesson of the Evil

Aku no kyôten
Japan 2012, 129’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Takashi Miike
screenplay: Takashi Miike
cinematography: Nobuyasu Kita
editing: Kenji Yamashita
music: Kôji Endô
cast: Hideaki Itô, Fumi Nikaidô, Kento Hayashi, Shôta Sometani,Kôdai Asaka, Erina Mizuno, Takayuki Yamada
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

Takashi Miike, the cultest of the cult Japanese directors, does not cease to surprise, and "Lesson of the Evil" is the best proof of that. This explosive generic mixture, skillfully combining a thriller, a horror, a teenage movie, and a school romance, seems to be a macabre critique of the Japanese education system, or perhaps a rather non-innovative story about the duality of human nature and how it is always darkest right under the lamp.
In fact, Miike’s film is a startling, postmodern play with the expectations of the audience and the standard plot patterns.

Lesson of the Evil" is an ironic, intelligent joke, a pastiche of American slashers, with a conscious hyperbolization of violence, and a pastiche of films about students falling for their teachers. It is a cunning trap for the viewer, a mockery of everyone who would take this story seriously. After all, it is Takashi Miike – a man of whom anything can be expected.

Krzysztof Gonerski

Takashi Miike

Born in 1960, Yao, Osaka. One of the most controversial of the cult Japanese filmmakers. A favorite of international festivals, from Venice to Tokio. The master of pastiche and cinematic postmodernism, for whom there are no taboo subjects. Despite having made almost 100 films, Miike is not slowing down – new productions are already waiting for their premieres.

Selected filmography:

1999 Gra wstępna / Odishon / Audition
2001 Ichi-zabójca / Koroshiya / Ichi the Killer
2007 Sukiyaki Western Django
2010 13 zabójców / Jusan-nin no shikaku / 13 Assassins 
2011 Ichimei / Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
2013 Słomiana tarcza / Wara no tate / Shield of Straw

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