Schoolgirl crushes on male teachers are hardly limited to Japan, but it’s a theme more seen in mainstream movies here than in Hollywood, with “My Teacher” (2017) and “Sensei Kunshu” (2018) being recent examples.

Hideo Jojo’s “To Be Killed by a High School Girl,” which is based on a comic by Usamaru Furuya, turns this theme on its head to ingeniously twisty, if cringeworthy, effect. The film challenges taboos with a dark comedic vibe, much like other adaptations of Furuya’s manga, such as 2016’s “Litchi Hikari Club” (boys form a club devoted to eternal youth and beauty) and 2017’s “Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High” (students engage in power struggles at an elite high school).

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