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.