Takashi Miike’s LESSON OF EVIL on UK Blu-ray & DVD September 29th
Source: Third Window Films
Official Movie Site: thirdwindowfilms.com/lesson-of-evil (UK)
Special Thanks to Adam Torel and Claire Marty
On September 29th, Third Window Films will release LESSON OF EVIL (悪の教典, Aku no Kyoten, 2012) on Blu-Ray and DVD in the United Kingdom. Hideaki Ito (252: SIGNAL OF LIFE, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, THE LAST MESSAGE- UMIZARU, KAMUI) stars as the teacher from Hell in Takashi Miike’s outrageous, blood-splattered, high school horror. Bonus features include a 2 hour-long “Making Of” documentary and a new UK trailer.
Cool and charismatic English teacher Seiji Hasumi (Hideaki Ito) is popular with students and teachers alike. He inspires trust and respect from his class, greeting many with an affectionate, if irritating, ruffle of the hair. But his actions soon take a turn, revealing something dark behind that charming smile. Students become suspicious when friends slowly start to disappear, but little do they know that absolute jaw-dropping carnage is just around the corner.
Adapted from Yusuke Kishi’s horror novel, Lesson of the Evil, a commentary on tough high school life and dark student–teacher relationships, with plenty of black humor, absurd violence, and a splash of Cronenbergian fantasy added for good measure.
Director Takashi Miike was born on August 24, 1960. After studying under Shohei Imamura and a number of other directors, he made his debut in 1991 and has directed many productions of various genres since then. His innovative ideas and edgy direction are highly praised in and out of the country, and he has enthusiastic fans all over the world. In 1997, along with John Woo, he ranked as the tenth most promising film directors chosen by Time magazine in the U.S.
In 2000, AUDITION won the International Film Critics Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2003, GOZU (極道恐怖大劇場 牛頭 ＧＯＺＵ, Gokudoo Kyoofu Dai-gekijoo: Gozu) was shown during the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes International Film Festival and received accolades from critics. In 2006, BIG BANG LOVE, JUVENILE A (46億年の恋, 46-Okunen no Koi) was shown in the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2010, 13 ASSASSINS (十三人の刺客, Juusannin no Shikaku) was in the competition section of the Venice International Film Festival, and in 2011, HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI 3D (一命, Ichimei) was in the competition section of the Cannes International Film Festival. Miike is one of the most promising directors of our time.
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Running Time: 129 Minutes
Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer
Japanese 5.1 Surround Sound
Removable English Subtitles
“Making Of” Feature
New UK Trailer
Region: 2, PAL
About Third Window Films
The Third Window Films brand was born in 2005 when its film-loving founders grew bored of the stream of worn-out shock horror vehicles from the Far East.
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For more information on LESSON OF THE EVIL, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan: