Asia and the Pacific Screens
5:00pm - 7:00pm
12 Dec 2013
Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
Director Mori Tatsuya 森達也
2001, 131 mins
Japanese with English subtitles
On March 20, 1995, members of Aum, a small Buddhist sect, released sarin gas into rush hour crowds in the Tokyo subway system. The sarin, ten times deadlier than cyanide, killed 12 and crippled or injured thousands. Often compared to the attacks in the United States of America on 11th September 2001, the impact of the Aum attack changed perceptions of Japanese society. With the former Aum leader Shoko Asahara now on death row for his leadership of the 1995 poison gas attack in the Tokyo subways, the remaining cult members have maintained to some degree their doctrinal practices under new organisation. Having had the opportunity to live with the Aum, the director Mori Tatsuya adopts the cult members' perspectives of Japanese society. As a sequel to 'A', his first meditation on his experience, A2 shows the inner workings of the cult, showing the members' experience verbal and physical assaults by media, police, and ordinary Japanese citizens, while revealing the dark side of contemporary Japan.
The film screening will be followed by a short discussion.
This film is part of the monthly film series Asia and the Pacific Screens, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.