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Lesson of Evil [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Kodai Asaka, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kento Hayashi, Hideaki Ito, Fumi Nikaido
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: Anamorphic, Surround Sound
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Third Window Films
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JDNG2QG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,850 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed by Takashi Miike, Lesson of the Evil is a twisted psycho thriller based on the bestselling novel by Yusuke Kishi. Hasumi is a popular teacher among students at Shinko Academy, a private high school, and well respected by the faculty and the PTA. However, one of the students Reika feels something menacing lurking beneath his shining reputation. While Hasumi brilliantly solves one problem after another, from a teacher-student sexual harassment to group cheating to bulling, he starts to take control of the school. As the problems go away, Reika is uneasy about the way they are solved. Tsurii, an unpopular teacher at the school, despises the popular Hasumi and starts investigating Hasumi's past and discovers that Hasumi is a real psycho.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By The Gadget Blokey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Back in his heyday director Miike Takashi was one of the more prolific directors in his native Japan. It seemed like he was churning a movie out every other week and the results were predictably inconsistent. Now he’s slowed down to, roughly, 2 movies a year (I kid you not) the quality of his output seems a lot more reliable.

'Lesson of Evil' is his movie from 2012 and is a dark, blackly comic thriller about a handsome high-school teacher, Mr. Hasumi, whom is also a sociopathic killer. Outwardly affable, Hasumi is the kind of teacher who is everybody’s friend and confidante, well liked by his pupils and colleagues. Unfortunately though, he’s not above deception, seduction, bribery and more than a few murders to solve the problems he comes across. When a suspicious colleague starts investigating Hasumi’s past, however, his web of deception starts to unravel and in his wrath, the full horror of his capacity for murder is unleashed.

Miike Takashi is a director whose output I’ve admired more than 'liked.' Whilst I admire his willingness to go to dark and extreme places, it doesn’t make his movies particularly pleasant to watch. As he’s slowed down though, his later movies have showed a new maturity where needed and respect for narrative, whilst still keeping his skill for disturbing imagery but used correctly now and not just for shock effect. 'Lesson of Evil' keeps with this new trend.

The movie is very nicely shot. It is very dark, both thematically and visually, but it does have flashes of Miike’s garish streak in its gorier moments.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 19 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Adore Takashi Miike, between his flirtation with every genre under the sun and his prolific nature, there is absolutely no else in the world like him. For a while now, he has been maturing as a director the apex of which saw him remake the classic Jidaigeki film Harakiri. Lesson of [the] evil sees him head back to his roots as a thoroughly disturbing filmmaker. The conceit of a teacher murdering his students is controversy at its very peak, and during the first two acts Miike does his very best to earn that with the same daring moves that defined his 2001 halcyon.

After the sort of epilogue one would come to expect from a slasher, it opens as a fairly typical high school drama from the perspective of a genial, well-mannered teacher and it continues that way for a while. That is until undesirable elements start surfacing at the school, whether that is an illicit teacher or some slither of his own dark nature being sniffed out. For the most part though tastefully establishes the student body and the individuals in it, with standouts in rising stars Shota Sometani, Fujiko Kojima and Fumi Nikaido. Tasteful that is until the teacher has killed too many and has made his position untenable, at which point he closes the doors to the school and decides to kill everyone. In which Hideaki Itô possesses the kind of malleable duality that makes Mr. Hasumi such a fiercely unpredictable monster.

The first two acts are a perfectly paced balance between the dark and normal halves, with the dark halves being an utterly disturbing and graphic delight showing the Miike still has the chops that made his name all those films and years ago. Its delightfully morbid up till that point, super enjoyable too.

The problem is the final act in which most of the nutzoid violence is.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Jenkins on 23 Aug. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Would you enjoy a film whose protracted main scene shows a psychopathic teacher blast dozens of screaming, horrified 14-year-old schoolkids, in close-up, gorily to death? You would be someone whose mind does not turn to infamous school massacres committed by adults (Dunblane, for example). You have no awareness of the terror felt by the victims; of the life-long nightmares and destructive symptoms of PTSD suffered by survivors; of the years of hellish grief suffered by parents and other loved-ones. Instead, you find the film entertaining.
Any skills employed in the making of the film are as nothing compared with its gross immorality. I would like to think that most viewers turn it off long before the end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trevor griffiths on 24 Oct. 2014
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On the plus side, the quality of the disc is very good, strong visually and aurally, well done to Third Window Films.

On the negative, the quote on the front cover " A cross between Battle Royale and Confessions". Really? Not a hope in Hell when it comes down to it, both of the films mentioned drag you in emotionally, make you care and leave a lasting impression.

Unfortunately Lesson of Evil does none of the above and is pretty much instantly forgettable, certainly one of the weakest releases I have seen from Third Window Films (and I've seen most of their films).

Allright for sheer bloody entertainment but shallow.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blah^^ on 25 Oct. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
this movie is like a mix of battle royal and confessions on speed ! i really loved it. miike made another superb movie here.

this version is 100% uncut and similar to the HK release i got over 1 year ago. i think they use the same transfer as well ! but the UK release comes with a 2 hour making of with miike and a glossy slipcover (limited to the first 1000 releases)

the transfer is outstanding good and might be the very best by third window so far ! the sound is just as awsome as well.

if you are into such movies ... buy it ! other people might wanna check out the trailer. but you should give it a shoot as well.
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