James Mudge’s Best Films of 2013

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Lesson of the Evil

Ito Hideaki in Lesson of the Evil (2012) Movie Image

After accomplished and critically acclaimed works like “13 Assassins”, “Hara-Kiri” and the colourful sweetness of teen musical “For Love’s Sake”, Miike Takashi returned to the crazed violence that made him such a cult favourite with “Lesson of the Evil”. Following a calculating serial killer high school teacher who manipulates his young students for his own sinister purposes, it’s an incredible amount of nasty fun, building gradually from early scenes of tension and subtle madness through to an over the top third act that really is hard to believe. It’s been picked up for the UK by Third Window, for which Miike fans should be extremely grateful.

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Author: James Mudge

James is a Scottish writer based in London. He is one of BeyondHollywood.com’s oldest tenured movie reviewer, specializing in all forms of cinema from the Asian continent, as well as the angst-strewn world of independent cinema and the plasma-filled caverns of the horror genre. James can be reached at jamesmudge (at) btinternet.com, preferably with offers of free drinks.
  • Cineaste

    Thanks very much for this list James. I’ll be certainly looking out for most that you mention. Saw “Touch of Sin” recently. A very good film indeed.