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Aku Wa Sonzai Shinai

Evil Does Not Exist

Original name: Aku Wa Sonzai Shinai
English name: Evil Does Not Exist
Year: 2023
Run time: 106 Min
Language: Japanese
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Japan
Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Producers: Satoshi Takata
Cast: Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, Ayaka Shibutani, Hazuki Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Miura
Screenplay: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Cinematographer: Yoshio Kitagawa
Editor: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Azusa Yamazaki
Sound Designer: Izumi Matsuno
Music Composer: Eiko Ishibashi
Production Company: NEOPA Inc., Fictive LLC
World Sales: M-Appeal


  • Venice FF 2023
  • BFI London 2023
  • Toronto IFF 2023
  • San Sebastian IFF 2023
  • New York IFF 2023
  • MAMI Mumbai 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2021 Drive My Car
  • 2021 Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  • 2018 Asako I & II
  • 2015 Happy Hour
  • 2012 Intimacies
  • 2010 The Depths
  • 2008 Passion

Director's Biography:

Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Ryusuke Hamaguchi was born in Japan in 1978. In 2008, Passion, his master’s degree graduate work from Tokyo University of Arts, was selected at the San Sebastián IFF and Tokyo Filmex. In 2015, his award-winning film Happy Hour premiered at the 68th Locarno IFF. In 2021, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 71st Berlinale. At the 74th edition of Cannes, Drive My Car won the Screenplay Prize and three independent prizes, including FIPRESCI. The following year it received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.


Urban ambitions clash with nature in a quiet village close to Tokyo Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life according to the cycles and order of nature. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house; offering city residents a comfortable ‘escape’ to nature. When two company representatives from Tokyo arrive in the village to hold a meeting, it becomes clear that the project will have a negative impact on the local water supply, causing unrest. The agency’s mismatched intentions endanger both the ecological balance of the nature plateau and their way of life, with an aftermath that affects Takumi’s life.