Masaaki Yuasa’s fantasy rock musical ‘INU-OH’ will be released exclusively in cinemas on 28th September 2022!

Anime Limited have announced that award-winning auteur Masaaki Yuasa‘s new historical fantasy rock musical, INU-OH, will be released exclusively in cinemas in the UK and Ireland from 28th September 2022, presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Based on a novel by renowned Japanese author Hideo Furukawa and inspired by history, INU-OH tells the story of a young man who aspires to be a performer, but is shunned because of his unique physical appearance.

Inu-oh is born with unique physical characteristics, and the horrified adults cover every inch of his body with garments, including a mask on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa player, and as Tomona plays a delicate song of tangled fate, Inu-oh discovers an incredible ability to dance. Inu-oh and Tomona become business partners and inseparable friends, using their creative gifts to survive on the margins of society, as song after song gain them notoriety and propel them to stardom. Through the songs, Inu-oh mesmerises his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequalled beauty. But why is Tomona blind? Why was Inu-oh born with unique characteristics?

It is a story about the friendship of Inu-oh and Tomona, who dance and sing to get to the truth and break each other’s curse.

The film sees Masaaki Yuasa joined by remarkable talent such as experimental rock guitarist and composer Otomo Yoshihide, as well as character creation by Taiyo Matsumoto, the Eisner Award-winning creator of Tekkonkinkreet and Ping Pong.

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