Evil Does Not Exist (2024)

1h 46m / Not Rated / Thriller

In the rural alpine hamlet of Mizubiki – not far from Tokyo – Takumi and his daughter, Hana, lead a modest life gathering water, wood, and wild wasabi for the local udon restaurant. Increasingly, the townsfolk become aware of a developer’s plan to build an opulent glamping site nearby, offering city residents a comfortable “escape” to the snowy wilderness. When two company representatives arrive and ask for local guidance, Takumi becomes conflicted in his involvement, as it becomes clear that the project will have a pernicious impact on the community.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s follow up to his Academy Award®-winning Drive My Car is a foreboding fable on humanity’s mysterious, mystical relationship with nature. As sinister gunshots echo from the forest, both the locals and representatives confront their life choices and the haunting consequences they have.

Japanese w. English subtitles

Presented by the City of Tampa Mayor’s Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council in celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The group’s mission is to advise the Mayor and the City Council on issues affecting the AAPI community, promote and celebrate the AAPI culture and heritage, and advocate for policies that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the City of Tampa.