Hirokazu Kore-eda once again asks some big philosophical questions in Distance (2001). It is the story of an Aum Shinrikyo-like cult, that has sabotaged a city's water supply, then committed mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Four family members of those affected by the incident meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths. While they are there they see another visitor who has come on a motorcycle. Later they all have had their vehicles stolen, including the mysterious stranger (Tadanobu Asano)-a surviving cult member who fled rather than participate in the poisoning and suicide pact. So they are forced to take refuge in the cult's old cabin and their stories emerge in conversations with each other and via flash backs as they try to come to terms with the incomprehensible acts of their deceased loved ones. The pace is leisurely as Kore-eda draws out the individual stories via conversations and flashbacks while planting the seed for a twist that is revealed in the last 20 minutes of the film.