The 2022 Fantasia International Film Festival has announced on Twitter that Masaaki Yuasa’s INU-OH, the musical anime feature film of Hideo Furukawa’s Tales of the Heike: Inu-Oh novel, has won the The Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature. The Satoshi Kon Jury also awarded a special mention to loundraw’s Summer Ghost anime film.
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.
Summer Ghost is described as:
A local urban legend claims that lighting fireworks at an abandoned airfield will call the “Summer Ghost,” a spirit that can answer any question. Three troubled teenagers – Tomoya, Aoi, and Ryo – do not know each other yet, but each has their own reasons to show up one day. When a sparkler is lit, a ghost named Ayane appears, and she reveals she is only visible to those “who are about to touch their death.” The three teens return home, but Tomoya soon begins visiting the airfield alone, as he becomes obsessed with the mystery surrounding Ayane and the true purpose of her visits.
The Fantasia International Film Festival is taking place from July 14-August 3, 2022.