Takashi Miike Goes Back to School in ‘Lesson Of The Evil’
By Keri O’Shea
Takashi Miike must be one of the most prolific filmmakers out there. In fact, I find it quite difficult to keep on top of his output at all these days (he’s made three films this year alone). As an example of this, after reviewing the UK release of Crow’s Zero earlier this year, I found out when the credits had rolled that a sequel had already been made… Still, when it comes to a marriage between the visually-stunning and the batshit-insane, you’d have to go a long way to find a better director, and it’s always worth keeping up with whatever he’s doing next.
Just as Crow’s Zero dealt with anarchy in the classroom from the point of view of the students, so new movie Lesson Of The Evil seems to hand some of that power back to the staff – though it’s hardly the sort of ‘positive behaviour management’ they’d encourage at teacher training college. No; sick of the rise of bad behaviour and bullying amongst the high school kids he works amongst, an inspirational teacher decides to try a novel approach – namely, bloody murder. It’s an extreme solution, sure and one which comes to the attention of some of his students. So what will happen when his students see behind that mask of his?
Lesson Of The Evil looks as though it has its tongue firmly in cheek, but this being Takashi Miike at the helm, you can bet it’ll be black humour combined with plenty of the red stuff. It’s also great to see Miike is again working with familiar faces from his other movies, such as Takayuki Yamada (of 13 Assassins fame). One to look out for, for sure. It hits Japanese cinemas this autumn, but for the rest of us, here’s the trailer (without subtitles, but I’m sure you’ll get the jist:)