Evil Does Not Exist Trailer Previews Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Environmental Drama

The official Evil Does Not Exist trailer for the upcoming environmental drama, which hails from Drive My Car filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi, has been released. The film had its world premiere at the 2023 Venice International Film Festival.

In the video, a Tokyo company plans to construct a glamping site near a small village, which threatens the serenity of the untouched land of mountain and lakes surrounding the area. It currently has no theatrical release date yet, but Sideshow and Janus Films will be handling its North American distribution.

Check out the Evil Does Not Exist trailer below (watch more trailers):

What is Evil Does Not Exist?

“The film follows Takumi and his daughter Hana, who live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life according to the cycles and order of nature,” reads the synopsis. “One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house, offering city residents a comfortable escape to nature. When two representatives of the glamping company arrive in the village to hold a meeting, it becomes clear that the project will have a negative impact on the local water supply, causing unrest. The company’s plans endanger both the ecological balance of the area, and the local people’s way of life, and its aftermath affects Takumi’s life deeply.”

Evil Does Not Exist is written and directed by Hamaguchi, with Satoshi Takata producing. It serves as Hamaguchi’s follow-up to his widely acclaimed 2021 movie Drive My Car, which won an Oscar for Best International Feature Film. The upcoming drama stars Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, and Ayaka Shibutani. The film also reunites Hamaguchi with composer Ishibashi Eiko, who previously worked on Drive My Car.