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.
- 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