Me and The Cult Leader

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114 Minutes


In 1995, Aum Shinrikyo, a Tokyo-based Doomsday cult, conducted the largest terrorist attack in Japan’s history. 13 people were killed and 6000 people were injured as a result of Aum’s sarin gas attack perpetrated on
three crowded Tokyo subway trains during rush hour on the morning of March 20, 1995. Director Atsushi Sakahara was in one of those cars and has suffered lifelong damage to his nervous system and the effects of PTSD as a result. Twenty years later, Atsushi faces the cult.


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CGV Grand Indonesia Jumat, November 19 2021 17 : 20 - Audi 7


Atsushi Sakahara
Atsushi Sakahara was born in Kyoto, 1966, and did poorly in school. He persisted and finally graduated from Kyoto University and moved to Tokyo to work at an advertising firm. In 1995, he was on his way to work and got caught in the sarin gas attacks. Not knowing what it was, he had come close to resting his foot on the package before deciding to move onto the next subway car. After
recovering from the immediate injuries, he made his way to America to do his MBA at the University of California. While there, he produced David Greenspan’s short, “Bean Cake” which went on to win the Palme d’Or in 2001. He was engaged but discovered she was a member of the Aum cult. He married her nonetheless but found that it could not work and they were divorced a year and a half later, on his birthday. Determined to keep his promise to his friend who committed suicide, Atsushi powers through and shoots his first feature film: Me and the Cult Leader.

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