Insights from the Past
香港兆基創意書院放映室 Screening Room, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
自由定價場次留位 Seat Reservation
Special Prize and Citizens Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2001
In Japanese with Chinese & English subtitles
Director: Tatsuya Mori
By the time Mori made this follow-up to A, it was not only the name of the group that had changed from Aum to Aleph-in the view of the director, Japanese society had begun to slowly deteriorate and decay, with all sense of religion completely lost. Mori at first reluctant to delve into the realms of sequels which shed notoriously poor results, was persuaded otherwise when he saw the chance to focus on a completely different aspects of the group. The result is a balanced portrait of a group of people who have always been treated with bias in the popular press.
導演簡歷 Director Biography
森達也 Tatsuya Mori
Filmmaker and writer, Mori is renowned for his taboo-crossing documentaries about the Aum religious cult A (1998) and A2 (2001) in the aftermath of the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attacks. A premiered at Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum for New Cinema and showed around the world, while A2 was acclaimed and awarded at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and elsewhere. The controversial 311 (2011) was made in collaboration with three other filmmakers, filming the 2011 Tohoku earthquake disaster. Winner of the Kodansha Non-fiction Award, Mori has published over 30 best-selling books on social issues and the media.