Director: Masaaki Yuasa Run Time: 98 min. Release Year: 2022 Language: Japanese
Starring: Avu-chan, Kenjiro Tsuda, Mirai Moriyama, Tasuku Emoto, Yutaka Matsushige
Country: Japan, China
About the film:
Premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa comes a revisionist rock opera about a 14th-century superstar whose dance moves take Japan by storm.
Born to an esteemed family, Inu-oh is afflicted with an ancient curse that has left him on the margins of society. When he meets the blind musician Tomona, a young biwa priest haunted by his past, Inu-oh discovers a captivating ability to dance. The pair quickly become business partners and inseparable friends as crowds flock to their electric, larger-than-life concerts. But when those in power threaten to break up the band, Inu-oh and Tomona must dance and sing to uncover the truth behind their creative gifts.
Based on Furukawa Hideo’s novel about a real-life Noh dancer, Inu-Oh (2022) is a glam-rock ode to the power of music and a forceful statement on artistic freedom.
“one of the most creatively unbridled minds in all of modern animation”
—David Ehrlich for IndieWire
About the filmmaker:
Director and animator Masaaki Yuasa has earned critical praise beginning with his full-length directorial debut, Mind Game (2004). After co-founding the animation studio Science SARU, he directed and produced ‘Food Chain’ (2014), a standout episode of the American series Adventure Time, followed by acclaimed animated features The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (2017), Lu Over the Wall (2017) and Ride Your Wave (2019), as well as animated series like Ping Pong the Animation (2014), Devilman: Crybaby (2018), Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! (2020), and Japan Sinks: 2020 (2020).
Yuasa’s latest animated sensation Inu-Oh (2022) features character creation by manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto (“Tekkonkinkreet”) and was the first 2D Japanese film to compete in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival.See our upcoming films