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Inu-oh

Directed by Masaaki Yuasa
2021
Japan, China
98 minutes
All Ages
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From Masaaki Yuasa, director of cult anime hit Mind Game, comes a Japanese folklore-glam-rock-musical-anime epic awash in his hallmark psychedelic imagery.
In 14th century feudal Japan, Inu-Oh dreams of becoming a Noh performer but his physicality horrifies other villagers and he is reduced to an outcast. But all that changes after a chance encounter with blind biwa player, Tomona. Uniquely bonded, the pair form a stage act that thrusts them from the margins of society and into celebrated notoriety. Yuasa’s film starts as a fusion of Japanese Noh and contemporary rock anthems, explodes into an exploration of queerness and body transformation, then morphs into a celebration of the power of storytelling and the subversion of political power.
The best feudal-Japanese-hair-metal-demonic-curse-serial-killer-political-tragedy-rock-opera of the year.
William Bibbiani, The Wrap
The film is an almost non-stop barrage of increasingly outsized jams, as Tomona and Inu-Oh grow so popular that their fame — and their increasingly androgynous appearances — begin to threaten the very foundation of the patriarchy itself.
David Ehrlich, IndieWire

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Masaaki Yuasa
Director
Masaaki Yuasa was born in Fukuoka, Japan. His credits include the animated features Mind Game (2004), Lu Over the Wall (2017), Ride Your Wave (2019) and his latest work Inu-Oh (2021). He also directed the animated series Ping Pong the Animation (2014), DEVILMAN crybaby (2018) and Japan Sinks: 2020 (2020).

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Thu 9 Jun
6:15pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 4
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Fri 10 Jun
6pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
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Program Strand
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Original Title
Inu-ô / Inu-Oh
Year
2021
Classification
All Ages
Country
Japan, China
Language
In Japanese with English subtitles
Director
Masaaki Yuasa
Producer
Fumie Takeuchi, Eunyoung Choi, Yuhai Cheng
Cast
Avu-Chan, Mirai Moriyama
Screenwriter
Akiko Nogi
Cinematographer
Yoshihiro Sekiya
Editor
Kiyoshi Hirose
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Dance, Music, Gender & Sexuality, Off-Beat, Cinephile, Asia, Animation
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Fortissimo Films
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