The Science Saru-produced historic film is set to be released in early summer 2022
The final anime film from acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa before he fully retires, INU-OH, got a new colorful teaser visual today featuring the titular noh actor Inu-oh as well as the blind Biwa Hoshi, Tomona, a lute player from the Muromachi period.
INU-OH has already had its North American premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, with GKIDS releasing the film in the region at some point after its Japanese theatrical release in early summer 2022, describing it as such:
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 mesmerizes his audiences on stage, and gradually begins to transform into someone of unequaled 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.
Source: Comic Natalie
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