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Lesson of the Evil (2012)

Aku no kyôten (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 10 November 2012 (Japan)
A popular high school teacher concocts an extreme plan to deal with the rise of bullying and bad behavior among the student body.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Yûsuke Kishi (based on the novel by), Takashi Miike (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Takayuki Yamada ... Tetsuro Shibahara
Fumi Nikaidô ... Reika Katagiri
Shôta Sometani ... Keisuke Hayami
Nicole Balsam ... Maggie
Hideaki Itô ... Seiji Hasumi
Takehiro Hira ... Takeki Kume
Kento Hayashi Kento Hayashi ... Masahiko Maejima
Mayu Matsuoka Mayu Matsuoka ... Satomi Shirai
Yukito Nishii ... Kakeru Takagi
Kasumi Yamaya Kasumi Yamaya
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Masanobu Tsurii
Atsushi Arai Atsushi Arai ... Takuto Kato
Ken'ichi Takitô Ken'ichi Takitô
Ruth Tunney ... Stock Trader (as Ruth Sundell)
Rio Kanno Rio Kanno ... Yuzuka Takahashi
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Storyline

A popular high school teacher concocts an extreme plan to deal with the rise of bullying and bad behavior among the student body.

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Everyone in class,slaughtered. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

10 November 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Hideaki Ito was praised for his role in the Japanese drama Umizaru. When Lesson Of The Evil released, many people in Japan who went to see the movie were surprised and disturbed at the extreme change Hideaki Ito's character was from the previous drama. This is one of the reasons why the movie became so popular during its release. See more »

Goofs

The scene where Miya was falling from the rooftop and was being seen from the classroom window, her skirt was opposing the gravity. See more »

Connections

Follows Aku no kyôten: Joshô (2012) See more »

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Unnerving and deeply disturbing
24 August 2015 | by Martin BradleySee all my reviews

As psycho-killer movies go "Lesson of the Evil" is up there with the best of them. It's by the Japanese horror maestro Takashi Miike and is set for the most part around a school where handsome young teacher Hasami, (Hideaki Ito), has his own somewhat extreme methods of dealing with rule-breakers. Miike's genius is to treat everything so matter- of-factly the film is almost banal to begin with before letting rip. Although extremely violent, this isn't torture porn but a brilliant slow-burner than builds to a fairly devastating and disturbing climax. I certainly can't see this playing in parts of America where school shootings have become almost common place. By making the villain someone who, in another film. should have been the hero Miike neatly subverts the genre, (think "Dexter"). There's also a nice self- depreciating streak of humour running through the picture, not to mention several great recordings of 'Mack the Knife'. Excellent, if very unnerving.


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