The staff of the 49th Angoulême International Comics Festival has announced that Masaaki Yuasa’s Inu-Oh, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa’s Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh novel, will screen at the event on March 18, 2022 with a Q&A with Yuasa. The event will also host a “L’Art de INU-OH” exhibition featuring artwork from Taiyo Matsumoto, and Yuasa will also host a lecture at the event on March 19, 2022 on the theme of “bringing manga to life.”
The film will open in Japan in early Summer 2022, and GKIDS has licensed the film for North American distribution.
The story of Inu-Oh is described 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.
The film made its world premiere in the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 10, 2021, and it was the first 2D Japanese film to compete in the Venice International Film Festival’s Horizons category. The film screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which was held from October 30-November 8, 2021. The film won the Special Distinction Prize in the International Competition – Feature Film category award at the 23rd Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF).
The 49th Angoulême International Comics Festival will run from March 17-20, 2022 in the Angoulême area of France after a delay from January 27-30, 2022 due to COVID-19.
The festival launched in 1974 as an event celebrating comics from countries throughout the world.