News The Mystical Laws Film Opens in London Cinema Friday
Tickets can be booked online for the religious anime film The Mystical Laws, which will screen for a week at the Odeon Panton Street cinema near Piccadilly from Friday November November 23. The film will be shown daily at 2.30 p.m., 5.55 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. It is rated "15" on the cinema website, although it is not listed on the BBFC website. The running time is given as 180 minutes, although press reviews from screenings in America give the length as around two hours.
The film's 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.