Aleph member Hiroshi Araki (left) and filmmaker Atsushi Sakahara at the Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack Memorial, in 2016, in a still from Me and the Cult Leader (category: 1, Japanese), directed by Atsushi Sakahara.
Aleph member Hiroshi Araki (left) and filmmaker Atsushi Sakahara at the Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack Memorial, in 2016, in a still from Me and the Cult Leader (category: 1, Japanese), directed by Atsushi Sakahara.

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Me and the Cult Leader movie review: Japanese documentary follows Tokyo subway gas attack victim and member of the cult responsible across the country

  • Atsushi Sakahara, a victim of the 1995 sarin gas attack, documents his meeting with Hiroshi Araki, PR director of what was then known as the Aum Shinrikyo cult
  • Anyone unaware of their backgrounds might be forgiven for mistaking this as a reunion between old classmates as they journey to their hometowns

Aleph member Hiroshi Araki (left) and filmmaker Atsushi Sakahara at the Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack Memorial, in 2016, in a still from Me and the Cult Leader (category: 1, Japanese), directed by Atsushi Sakahara.
Aleph member Hiroshi Araki (left) and filmmaker Atsushi Sakahara at the Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack Memorial, in 2016, in a still from Me and the Cult Leader (category: 1, Japanese), directed by Atsushi Sakahara.
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