New Poster And Trailers For Takeshi Miike’s Lesson Of The Evil

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Lesson of the Evil (2012) Movie Image>What’s better than a new trailer for Takeshi Miike’s upcoming students-in-danger flick “Lesson of the Evil”? How about two trailers, and a poster? That sounds like one hell of a deal, doesn’t it?

Miike’s prolific career—89 directing credits and counting—has been all over the place genre wise. Though his eclectic filmography runs from samurai epics (“13 Assassins”) to surreal musicals (“The Happiness of the Katakuris”), many of us think his best films fall into the either the gangster or horror families. From all appearances, “Lesson of the Evil”, based on the novel by Yusuke Kishi, definitely ventures into the latter realm. Though there is certainly a healthy dose of black comedy.

Here’s a synopsis:

A teacher named Seiji Hasumi is loved by his students and respected by his peers. However, his outward charm masks his true nature. In reality, Hasumi is a psychopath who is unable to feel empathy for other human beings. Specifically, he has a severe antisocial personality disorder. Because of his mental condition, Hasumi chooses to deal with problems like bullying and overbearing “monster parents” the easy way—by systematically murdering his students.

“Lesson of the Evil” stars Hideaki Ito, Fumi Nikaido, Shota Sometani, Kento Hayashi, and Takayuki Yamada, and opens in Japan this November. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to see this film stateside before too long.

The consensus seems to be that this first trailer (via Twitch) is the actual most recent of the two trailers. Both start in a similar manner, with a handsome, popular teacher, adored by his students. Things are bubbly and great, but then the tone definitely takes a turn towards the darker side of things.

While the first trailer is more action-oriented, this second one (from 24 Frames Per Second) relies more on the ominous tone. When things head downhill, it’s long intense stares, slowly shutting doors, and portentous music that do the heavy lifting. This one has been floating around for a bit longer, though this is the first I’ve seen of it. So what the hell, you get two-for-one on trailers for “Lesson of the Evil” today.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Shane09

    Those 2 trailers are actually for different things. The first trailer is for Takashi Miike’s film.

    And the second is actually for a 4 episode tv mini series prequel called Lesson of the Evil Opening Chapter, for BeeTV. (the poster is also for the mini series)
    Directed by Nomoto Fumio and overlooked by Miike.

    The show will be playing the weeks leading up till the film’s release in theaters.

    • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

      Good to know. Thanks for the head’s up Shane.