THE FINAL JUDGEMENT Is Upon Japan! Brought To You By Happy Science!
So why write about The Final Judgement at all? Well, according to our source this movie is one of the first of its kind in Japan to be funded and made by a religious organization. So it is a bit of an oddity in that nation. The organization - some call it a cult - is called Happy Science, producers in the past of one other live action and one animated project that we are aware of.
Call them what you will, but Happy Science got the money together and made this movie, gathering together a cast including Shishido Jo, famous for his roles in many yakuza films, and Namiki Shiro (Ichi, The Sinking of Japan, Confessions of a Dog).
The basic teachings of Happy Science are "Exploration of the Right Mind" and the "Principles of Happiness." According to (founder) Okawa, in order to obtain happiness one must practice the Principles of Happiness known as "The Fourfold Path," Love, Wisdom, Self-Reflection and Progress.
In 2009, a young man Shogo Washio (26) senses danger from the military expansion of the Asian giant Ouran. He establishes the Future Restoration Party with Kenzo Nakagishi, and stands as a candidate in the House of Representatives. Even though he gains the support of people like Lin (20), a young woman from Ouran, he suffers a major defeat in the election.
Several years later, the warning put out by Shogo and friends is realized. Suddenly, the skies above Shibuya are covered in military helicopters from Ouran, and Japan is helpless to resist occupation. Under the occupation, freedom of speech and religion is lost and those who resist the dictatorship are summarily rounded up and put to death.
During this time, Shogo joins up with the underground organization ROLE, which is sheltering believers oppressed by Ouran. ROLE's leader is Yujiro Nakagishi, Kenzo's father. Yujiro tells Shogo: "We believe in the power of people to believe in God." Can the world, which had lost hope, recover the future? The answer to this question is connected with the birth of a New Savior.
The film opened in Japan this past June. So far it has not come true.