Japan | 2021 | 97 min | Masaaki Yuasa

April 20 - 23, 2022

This magnificent and sonorous journey, based on a true story and directed by Japanese animation superstar Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Ride Your Wave), fictionalizes the collaboration between Inu-kong, a 14th-century masked performer, and a blind biwa player.

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“It's a siren scream of a musical: angry and beautiful, rapturously animated and highly infectious.” – William Bibbiani (The Wrap)

Inu-Oh is a face-melting rock adaptation of “The Tale of the Heike, Inu-Oh’s Episode,” the novel by Hideo Furukawa. Nogaku, 14th-century Japanese dance theater, may be one of the oldest performance genres in the world, but director Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Ride Your Wave) approaches it from a funky, fresh perspective. Inu-Oh, ostracized for his physical differences, lives a lonely life from behind a noh mask while his family performs nogaku for the upper classes. A chance encounter with a blind biwa player named Tomona unlocks Inu-Oh’s talent for dancing, and a new kind of nogaku troupe is born. When the two outcast artists gain notoriety and pop-star status from their revolutionary performances for the commoners, they threaten to overturn the political order of the shoguns. Inu-Oh is a trippy, transcendent celebration of artists on the fringe speaking truth to power that explodes off the big screen in living color.

Megan Garbayo-López

  • Director: Masaaki Yuasa
  • Principal Cast: Avu-chan, Mirai Moriyama
  • Premiere Status: US
  • Country: Japan, China
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 97 min
  • Producer: Fumie Takeuchi, Eunyoung Choi
  • Screenplay: Akiko Nogi
  • Editors: Kiyoshi Hirose
  • Music: Yoshihide Ôtomo
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (2017), Mind Game (2004)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: GKids
  • International Sales: GKids