A: The Cult of Aum Shinrikyo

What is it like be part of a different society outside the norm? A religious society who’s ideology play on violently cleansing mankind to secure a better world.

Who are we when we get indoctrinated and become convinced the world is either with us or against us? When we are guided to believe in a mindset governed by tools of violence and listen to one tune of leadership. What does that human become?

A: The Cult of Aum Shinrikyo seeks to silently answer these questions by displaying an intimate look into Aum Shinrikyo (also known as The Supreme Truth), a religious Japanese doomsday cult founded by Shoko Asahara in 1984.

The documentary showcases the inner cult’s mindset and how they worked after key-personal and Aum Shinrikyo leaders were arrested for terrorism. Furthermore, it shows how the remaining cult members are hunted by the media and enraged citizens while dealing with the terror aftermath.

Famed for their devastating Tokyo subway chemical gas-attack in 1995, the cult’s ideology combines tenets from Buddhism, Hinduism, and a total obsession with the apocalypse.

Aum Shinrikyo’s leader Shoko Asahara believed himself to be Jesus, the true son of God. This led to further enveloping the cult’s religion and its members elevated with a higher purpose to support its top divinity.

Driven by the motives of Shoko Asahara, the cult saw itself preparing for the cleansing of mankind – a third worldwar where the necessity for Armageddon became a “human relief”.

Although their subway attack in 1995 succeeded in injuring 5000 and killing 11 people, their nuclear apocalypse did not.

Arrested and thrown into jail, Shoko Asahara met his demise by hanging – his execution was finalized July 6, 2018.

A: The Cult of Aum Shinrikyo
  • Info
  • Release date1998
  • Full runtime2 hours 15 min
  • Directed byTatsuya Mori
  • Production company'A' Production Committee