Anime Limited Acquires Masaaki Yuasa's Inu-Oh
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Anime Limited has announced that it has acquired Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming film Inu-Oh for the U.K., Ireland and France. The film is a musical animation about Inu-Oh, a historical Noh performer and playwright who enjoyed great success in 14th-century Japan. Based on a novel by Hideo Furukawa, the film was recently previewed at the online Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Anime Limited gives the following synopsis:
"Inu-Oh was born with unique physical characteristics, and the adults cover every inch of his body with garments and make him wear a mask on his face. One day, he meets a boy named Tomona, a blind biwa player. Inu-Oh tells him, “Write a biwa song about me”. Tomona makes a song about Inu-Oh's tangled fate and starts performing it with biwa.Inu-Oh and Tomona become business partners for their survival in society and develop an inseverable friendship. Helping each other unlock their talents, they produce one hit after another and climb the ladder to stardom. And Inu-Oh, who comes to mesmerize his audiences on stage, frees parts of his body one by one and achieves unequaled beauty.
"Why is Tomona blind? Why was Inu-Oh born with unique physical 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 is made by Yuasa's Science Saru studio, with Taiyo Matsumoto (Ping Pong, Tekkonkinkreet) credited with Character Creation, and Nobutake Ito (Lu Over the Wall, Giovanni's Island) as Character Designer and Chief Animation Director. The screenplay is by Akiko Nogi.