Me and the Cult Leader / Aganai
  • Year2020
  • Duration96 min

Atsushi Sakahara, a victim of the 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo's subway system, travels with Hiroshi Araki, an executive of Aleph (formerly Aum Shinrikyo), the attack's perpetrators, visiting their respective hometowns and the university they both attended. Conversations unfold, building intimacy: we learn why Araki joined the infamous organization led by Shoko Asahara and why, still, Araki remains an executive member of the cult, even though he was not directly involved in any of the crimes.
The beginning of a friendship, a trip for redemption, or the confirmation that each human has to go their own way.

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  • Director(s): Atsushi Sakahara
  • Producer(s): Good People Inc.
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanse
  • Premiere status: World Premiere