A new animated film is taking the good news of Jesus to a new generation in a way they understand. The film, entitled ”My Last Day” is adapted from the original Jesus film and tells the story of Jesus’ crucifixion through the eyes of the thief who hung next to Him. The new film is just over nine minutes long and uses the style of Japanese animation known as Anime. Since the attention span of young people is constantly shrinking, the short feature hopes to provide the audience an opportunity to witness the personal transformation of the criminal when he encounters the truth about Jesus Christ. The end of the film displays a link to a website that answers the question, “Who is Jesus” and presents the good news in several languages.
Senior Associate for The JESUS Film Project, Greg Gregoire says the project is part of a strategy to communicate the story of Jesus in “heart languages of the world.” Gregoire explains that heart language represents a combination of a person’s mother tongue and a communication style that people want to use when receiving information. He added, “ We now have the classic ‘JESUS’ film in over 1,100 languages and today many people, both literate and non-literate prefer a story format.”
Classic ‘Jesus’ Film Now in Japanese Anime, http://www.christianpost.com/news/classic-jesus-film-now-in-japanese-anime-49841; April 16, 2011. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Colossians 1:6 (CEV) “The good news is spreading all over the world with great success. It has spread in that same way among you, ever since the first day you learned the truth about God's wonderful kindness .”