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High school teacher Hasumi Seiji is the most popular teacher at his school with an attractive smile. Yet, Hasumi Seiji is a psychopath. To solve some of his school's problems, like bullying, and to protect himself, Seiji begins to kill his students one by one. Edit Translation

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  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2012
  • Duration: 2 hr. 9 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 1,162 users)
  • Ranked: #7287
  • Popularity: #1551
  • Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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9 people found this review helpful
Oct 6, 2013
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
This movie was one of my long-awaited shows I really wanted to watch, and it doesn't disappoint me, though for me Takashi Miike is slightly overrated by international fans due to his hit-and-miss experience.

This show marked a new milestone for him because of such extensive use of delicate, colorful yet grim cinematography. Previously, he usually used just more simple, darker camera works. The way he directs Hideaki Ito, an actor who is seemingly forever typecasted as knight in shining armor, into an anti-hero without changing his usual acting style to great effect was also a brilliant move. His character, Hasumin, is an insane psychopath without any motives but "divinely" given by evil himself. Yes, some would find that in the end no revelation about this, but just like a plane crash, no clue is a clue itself.

This show is not for the faint-hearted and should be avoided by those who can't take gore and gay scenes (though the latter is few). Though at the beginning some introductions of characters were made and relatively slow-paced it was, all hell breaks loose when it hits the last 30 minutes mark. Yet Miike successfully inserted some dark comedy in it (I find some of these were very funny).

Due to great directing and excellent casting, acting-wise this show is really great. They should've make more shows featuring potential wonderkids like this, since in these years they are aplenty. They are good as individuals as well as corporate. Not all of these kids were given chance to portray their character with depth, but those who were (perhaps only 10 or so) did their respective job very well. It's not surprising that most of them were previously playing in wonderkid shows (i.e Kokuhaku, Suzuki Sensei the series, Another, Himizu, and/or Kirishima), so the choice of casting those who were already proven themselves pays off. I hope they find themselves landing on shows with good directing like this so their skills will be honed.

All in all, a good watch, perhaps almost on par with Kokuhaku. Almost forgot, the music was also creepy as well and fits perfectly with the show.

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10 people found this review helpful
Sep 14, 2013
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
Hideaki Ito gets my motor running. I have adored him since the first moment I saw him in Yasha. He is an underrated actor because he makes his hero and antihero roles look effortless like he's just playing himself. With that being said I don't know what to say about the ease at which he transitions to not so heroic and downright evil characters. YIKES!

Lesson of the Evil is dark and pulls no punches. No, the English isn't wrong. The 'the' is definitely correct. Anyone who thought Takashi Miike had gone soft or mainstream because of 13 Assassins gets his answer right here. This master of shock, horror, and otherwise oddball characters lets us all know he's not done with the crazy.

Lesson the Evil is dark. Wait, did I say that? Well, it is. it is violent. It is bloody. Ito's character is rancid. He's like the Joker from Batman, but not as friendly (or sane perhaps). He plays his role well and is rarely not smiling which just added to the creepy. By the way, there are scenes with gay undertones, as well as, statuatory rape. If you think that might bother you, do not watch this movie.

If you like crazy people horror and violence isn't much of a concern to you, grab your popcorn and watch the mayhem.

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  • Movie: Lesson of the Evil
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2012
  • Duration: 2 hr. 9 min.
  • Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)


  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 1,162 users)
  • Ranked: #7287
  • Popularity: #1551
  • Watchers: 2,620

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