Takashi Miike. The name is synonymous with some of the most riveting cinema we have seen over the last couple of decades. Any time his name becomes attached to a new project we sit up and listen. So should you.
According to Nippon Cinema Takashi Miike (pictured right; Audition, Dead or Alive, Three...Extremes, Visitor Q, Gozu, One Missed Call, Ichi the Killer) 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 in a role quite a bit darker than what he’s usually known for. 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.
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.