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Takashi Miike Returns To Violence With ‘Lesson of the Evil’!

Ichi the Killer Takashi Miike

Nippon Cinema is reporting that Takashi Miike – the Japanese master of gore responsible for such classics as Audition, Dead or Alive, Three…Extremes, Visitor Q, Gozu, One Missed Call and Ichi the Killer – is heading back to the genre he abandoned all those years ago.

Miike is set to direct a film adaptation of Yusuke Kishi’s bestselling 2010 novel “Aku no Kyoten” (aka Lesson of the Evil).

The movie will star Hideaki Ito (pictured below) in a role quite a bit darker than what he’s usually known for. The site states he’ll be playing “A teacher named Seiji Hasumi who’s 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.” It sounds like if Dexter were a school teacher. NICE!

Filming will take place from April to June with an eye toward completing it in time for inclusion at the Venice International Film Festival. A theatrical release is slated for November. Hideaki Ito



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