Takashi Miike to direct "Lesson of Evil" starring Hideaki Ito

By kevin on March 06, 2012 at 8:57am EST

Hideaki Ito and Takashi Miike - Lesson of Evil

Takashi Miike is set to direct a film adaptation of Yusuke Kishi’s bestselling 2010 novel Lesson of Evil (Aku no Kyoten).

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.

Sources: Tokyograph, Cinema Today

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