Get ready to rock with a new experimental performance with Masaaki Yuasa‘s Inu-oh. Anime Limited are are set to release the film in UK and Irish cinemas from September. Today you can check out the official Trailer.
Inu-Oh blends historical fantasy and rock musicals to tell the story of 14th century rock stars and their struggle to assert their creative voices in the face of tangled fate and political turmoil.
Based on a novel by renowned Japanese author Hideo Furukawa . Inspired by history, Inu-Oh tells the story of a young man who aspires to be a performer. He is also shunned because of his unique physical appearance. However, he can hear the voices of samurai who died fighting for the historic Heike clan 200 years ago, and each time he performs their stories, a part of his human appearance is transformed. After a fateful encounter with the blind biwa priest Tomona, the two join forces to climb the ladder to stardom. However, in an era of political turmoil, not everyone is ready for the true story of the Heike.
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.
Inu-oh will be shown in select UK and Irish cinemas from 28th September. It will be shown in English subtitles and to find out your local screening head to the film’s website.