Meet "Twiceborn" Filmmakers
RYUHO OKAWAExecutive Producer & Original Story
Ryuho Okawa is the founder and CEO of Happy Science Group. He was born on July 7th 1956, in Tokushima, Japan. After graduating from the University of Tokyo with a law degree, he joined a Tokyo-based trading house. While working at its New York headquarters, he studied international finance at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1981, he attained Great Enlightenment and became aware that he is El Cantare with a mission to bring salvation to all of humankind. In 1986, he established Happy Science. It now has members in over 110 countries across the world, with more than 700 local branches and temples as well as 10,000 missionary houses around the world. The total number of lectures has exceeded 3,150 (of which more than 150 are in English) and over 2,700 books (of which more than 550 are Spiritual Interview Series) have been published, many of which are translated into 31 languages. Many of the books, including The Laws of the Sun have become best sellers or million sellers. To date, Happy Science has produced 20 movies. The original story and original concept were given by the Executive Producer Ryuho Okawa. Recent movie titles are The Real Exorcist (live-action, May 2020), Living in the Age of Miracles (documentary, Aug. 2020), and Twiceborn. He has also composed the lyrics and music of over 150 songs, such as theme songs and featured songs of movies. Moreover, he is the Founder of Happy Science University and Happy Science Academy (Junior and Senior High School), Founder and President of the Happiness Realization Party, Founder and Honorary Headmaster of Happy Science Institute of Government and Management, Founder of IRH Press Co., Ltd., and the Chairperson of New Star Production Co., Ltd. and ARI Production Co., Ltd.
Sayaka Okawa is Vice Chairperson and Chief of CEO's Office of Happy Science. The oldest daughter of Ryuho Okawa, Sayaka was born in Tokyo in 1991. She graduated from Ochanomizu University in Japan. She has published over 50 books that cover a wide range of topics, spanning historical non-fiction, religion, and literature. Some of her main works are Spiritual Kojiki Nyumon (literally, “Introduction to Spiritual Records of Ancient Matters Vol. 1 & 2”), Musume Kara Mita Okawa Ryuho (literally, “Ryuho Okawa as Seen from His Daughter”), Okawa Sayaka no Bungaku no Susume〜Sekai Bungaku Hen〜(literally, “Sayaka Okawa’s Guide to Literature ―World Literature― Vol. 1, 2, 3”), and Kokoro wo Migaku (literally, “Polishing the Mind”). [All titles published by IRH Press.] A writer in her own right, Sayaka has written the screenplays for the live-action feature films Immortal Hero, The Real Exorcist, and Twiceborn. She has received several awards for Immortal Hero, including July Best Original Screenplay at Florence Film Awards 2019 and August Screenplay Honorable Mention in A Feature Film at the South Film and Arts Academy Festival 2019. She has also won several awards for her screenplay for The Real Exorcist, including April Best Screenplay at Oniros Film Awards 2020. Not only a talented writer, Sayaka is also an accomplished musician. She has composed and sung the song “HIKARI.” She has also arranged and sung the songs such as, “Hold On,” “Once Again,” “The Real Exorcist”, and "Becoming Buddha" in Happy Science films. The music video of the song, “The Real Exorcist,” has won several awards, including April Best Music Video at Los Angeles Film Awards.
Hiroshi Akabane was born in Yamanashi in 1951. After graduating from Senshu University in the law department in 1975, he became an assistant director for TV dramas. He is now actively directing and producing TV dramas. Hiroshi’s debut as a producer was with the Japanese TV series called Maido Osawagase Shimasu, which led to several other Japanese TV series such as Great Teacher Onizuka, Kyoshi Binbin Monogatari, and other dramas, which became well-known hits in Japan. He has received Best Director of a Foreign Language Feature Film at Madrid International Film Festival 2019, and August Director Honorable Mention In A Feature Film at The South Film and Arts Academy Festival 2019 with Immortal Hero.
Hisaaki TakeuchiGeneral Producer
Hisaaki Takeuchi was born in Tokyo in 1978. He is the Executive Director of Happy Science Media Division and Senior Managing Director of ARI Productions overseeing the Entertainment Division. Hisaaki is also known for his lectures discussing beauty and entertainment throughout Japan as well as contributing essays for several magazines. He was the starring actor and general producer of the film, Immortal Hero (2019), in which he has received August Lead Actor Honorable Mention In A Feature Film at the South Film and Arts Academy Festival 2019 and August Best Actor (male foreign) at CKF International Film Festival 2019. He also sings feature song in Immortal Hero.
Born in 1960 in Niigata, M.I.Z., Yuichi Mizusawa is a composer and music producer who has an established reputation for large-scale compositions and performances created through overdubbing with a synthesizer. He is known for music scores for feature films, such as The Mystical Laws, The Laws of the Universe part 0 and Part 1, and TV Program, "NHK Special Qin Shi Huang." For his work for Immortal Hero and The Real Exorcist, he won the Original Score Honorable Mention in a Feature Film award at South Film and Academy Festival in August 2019 and in May 2020.