film: aku no kyoten

Nighttime is not the ideal time to watch violent movies (at least for me). When will I ever really take note and remember that? I feel very disturbed after watching Lesson of The Evil (Aku no Kyoten) which is a slasher with similar plot or rather, violence, to Battle Royale. 

It is directed by Takashi Miike, of course, who also filmed the drama version of MPD Psycho - probably one of the craziest mangas ever written about human personality disorder. The artwork is solid but the content is not something everyone can stomach. I guess I can stand violence and gore in print but not in motion.

That aside, I think the songs used in this movie are amazing but I’d be afraid to listen to the playlist again, honestly. 

At first I thought this movie came after Karamazov no Kyoudai (The Brothers Karamazov) and I was relieved to see Kento Hayashi looking healthier than he did in Karamazov. But a quick check shows that this was before Karamazov so, sad to say, he has become skeletal now. 

Aku no Kyoten (Lesson of the Evil)

Category: Japanese Movie

Genre: Thriller


A teacher named Seiji Hasumi (Hideaki Itō) is 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/parents. 

Another good thriller. In terms of action, Aku no Kyoten is better than Confessions mostly because it deals with a psychopath. Teachers can be scary sometimes but this one definitely went overboard. 

There were parts that freaked me out. Not the characters (although that teacher can give you chills) but the GODDAMN RAVENS. I hate ravens. They scare the hell outta me and watching a movie with them without knowing it, almost cause a “flip the table”. But I resisted.

Another thing that freaked me out was the music. I understand the reason why they chose that song but the music starts playing right after a massacre happens (And CAN MAKE YOU DANCE IF YOU FEEL LIKE IT!!). The sudden change of ambience makes you feel uncomfortable. Really odd.

Some scenes are awfully disturbing. The type of disturbing that makes you want to puke your breakfast, lunch or dinner.(I’m glad I watch it late at night and not after a meal). Take my advice. Don’t watch it after a meal. Seriously.

Now I have to talk about something that bothers me like hell but I keep seeing and listening to. PEOPLE SPEAKING ENGRISH…DON’T. PEOPLE SPEAKING ENGRISH WITH A FRENCH ACCENT… OH GOD WHY. It kills the mood, especially in a thriller or horror movie. I’m supposed to feel the tension but I can only laugh. Even though I understand the usage of English in this specific movie, it makes you laugh anyway. 

Here’s some quotations (In my opinion, the most important ones).

  • It’s just that he doesn’t understand the difference.. between right and wrong.
  • You like killing for pleasure, hum? Not me.
  • You know… this world is only for ambitious and money hungry criminals. Not psychotic killers.
  • United we stand. Divided we fall.
  • This was all the will of God.
  • He’s just starting the new game.

If you like this genre of movies, go ahead. If you don’t, I don’t recommend you to watch it. Anyway, it was a good movie…