October, 1999. Mori Tatsuya picks up a camera for the first time in almost two years since completing A, his investigation into the religious sect Aum Shinrikyo, which was responsible for the lethal gas attack in March 1995 on a subway station in Tokyo. In that time, the religious cult Aum (now known as Aleph) had established centers in many parts of Japan, and continued its activities. The world described here—one of believers, their new neighbors, the police, right wing nationalists, the mass media and the strangely shared space that they build among themselves—bears little resemblance to that recognized by most Japanese. As television continues to ram home the equation “Aum = the enemy of the people,” this film presents yet another Japan
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