Science SARU released a new teaser trailer for Masaaki Yuasa’s upcoming historical music epic Inu-Oh. The film will be released theatrically in Japan sometime in summer 2022. The first trailer for the film was released last July.
GKIDS has licensed Inu-Oh for theatrical and home video release in North America. It had its first international premiere at the 2021 Venice Film Festival before screening at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival for the first time in North America. In November 2021, Inu-Oh held its Japanese debut at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
The film stars Queen Bee’s lead vocalist Avu-chan as the eponymous character while actor Mirai Moriyama (We Couldn’t Become Adults) plays the co-protagonist Tomona.
Masaaki Yuasa (Japan Sinks: 2020) directs the film with Eunyoung Choi and Fumie Takeuchi producing. Screenwriter Akiko Nogi (The Voice of Sin live-action film) is in charge of script composition while artist Taiyou Matsumoto (Ping Pong The Animation) serves as original character designer. Yoshimichi Kameda (Mob Psycho 100) and Satoshi Nakano (Pokémon Sun and Moon) are chief animation directors.
GKIDS describes the film as:
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.