The San Francisco theater New People will screen director Isamu Imakake's religious anime film The Mystical Laws on Friday. Due to the time zone differences, the film will essentially open simultaneously in the United States and Japan.
The story takes place in the near future, when the newly-formed "Godom Empire" is threatening to take over the world by using advanced technology offered to them by Leika Chan, the mysterious female president of a trading company. The protagonist of the film, Sho Shishimaru, is the one man who has the "mystical technology" that can stop the Godom Empire. After being hunted down by the Empire, Sho is saved by mysterious Indians monks, who tell him about a prophecy about the rebirth of Buddha.
The film is an adaptation of a book by Ryuho Okawa, the founder of the controversial religious organization Happy Science (Kōfuku no Kagaku). The publishing arm of the organization produced the animated film alongside a live-action film adaptation of Okawa's Final Judgement. The group has sponsored a number of animated films in the past.
The movie stars Takehito Koyasu, Ayumi Fujimura, Daisuke Hirakawa, Ryoka Yuzuki, Shinichiro Miki, Hiroshi Yanaka, Hiroshi Tsuchida, Satsuki Yukino, Banjo Ginga, Ako Mayama, Miki Ito, and Kenyu Horiuchi. Yūichi Mizusawa is providing the music.
The film's official website is streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the film.
New People will show the film from October 5 to October 11. The same theater is premiering Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- film and the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films.
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