Evil Does Not Exist12A

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan | 2023 | 1h 46m | Japanese w/ English subtitles | Starring Hitoshi Omika, Ryô Nishikawa, Ryûji Kosaka, Ayaka Shibutani, Hazuki Kikuchi

In a small rural village nestled outside Tokyo, residents lead modest lives attuned to the rhythms and harmony of nature. Yet, their tranquil existence is disrupted when plans by a corporate developer to construct a luxury camping site nearby are revealed. In response, the community bands together to vehemently oppose the project. This captivating eco-drama by Oscar-winning director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car) blends dark comedy with a sharp critique of capitalism’s impact on the environment.

Reviews

‘An intimate, ethereal study on the ideological tensions between city and country. Hamaguchi is a master craftsperson, and this beautifully strange film leaves its mark.’
★★★★★
Xuanlin Tham, Little White Lies

‘Ryusuke Hamaguchi crafts a gorgeous eco-fable that ends with a mythical mic drop.’
★★★★
Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

Book tickets

Monday 22 April

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Thursday 25 April

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Friday 26 April

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Saturday 27 April

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Sunday 28 April

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Monday 29 April

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Wednesday 1 May

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Thursday 2 May

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What else is on?

Today (Sunday 21st April)

14:45

Days of Heaven 12A
1h 34m
Widely regarded as one of the most beautifully shot movies in American cinema history, Terrence Malick's timeless American idyll set in early 20th-century America has been recently restored in 4K.

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17:15

Io Capitano 15
2h 2m | Arabic, French & Wolof w/ English subtitles
Deeply emotional and humane drama, based on firsthand testimonies, exploring the hope, heartbreak, and harsh realities of migrant experiences. Nominated for Best International Feature at this year’s Oscars.

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20:00

Mothers' Instinct 15
Deaf/HOH Subtitles
1h 34m
The seeds of guilt, suspicion and paranoia are sewn between two friends in this suspenseful psychological thriller set in suburban America and starring Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway.

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Tomorrow (Monday 22nd April)

18:15

A Year in a Field 12A
1h 26m
Meditative documentary reflecting on the evolving rural landscape, told through the lens of an ancient standing stone, contemplating the intricacies of nature and the trajectory of climate change.

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20:30

Evil Does Not Exist 12A
1h 46m | Japanese w/ English subtitles
Captivating eco-drama by Oscar-winning director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car) following residents of a small rural village nestled outside Tokyo opposing the development of a luxury "glamping" site on their land.

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!