It will be presented during the 78th edition of the Venice International Film Festival Inu-Oh, the anime film directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Devilman Crybaby, The Tatami Galaxy).
Inu-Oh will be the first Japanese 2D animated film to compete in the Horizons category of the film festival scheduled from 1 to 11 September 2021.
Inu-Oh trailer and release period
The feature film, based on the novel by Heike Monogatari, was shown with the first trailer that also revealed the release period of the film, a film that will debut in Japanese cinemas during 2022.
Inu-Oh is a real-life character, playwright and theater actor Sarugaku Nō, a form of popular Japanese theater very popular from the 11th to the 14th century. Since birth, due to some physical malformations, he is kept hidden and constantly covered with clothes, garments and a mask that hides his face from people. One day he runs into Tomona, a blind biwa player, whose music triggers an immediate dancing frenzy in him, with the latter discovering himself as a skilled dancer.
The improvised duo decides to get together, becoming friends as well as business partners and, taking advantage of their respective skills, they become more and more popular. Thanks to Tomona’s music and her impnotic dance, Inu-Oh conquers the audience and begins to transform into someone of unparalleled beauty.
The film is a story about the friendship between Inu-Oh and Tomona, two boys who dance and sing to get to the truth and break each other’s curses.
Made by the animation studio Science SARU, Inu-Oh in addition to Masaaki Yuasa as a director, you see Taiyo Matsumoto who took care of the character design, while the screenplay is signed by Akiko Nogi.