Inu-oh, the new anime film from acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa will be arriving on all major digital platforms on December 20, 2022 and on Blu-Ray™ + DVD on January 24, 2023 from GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory. Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes, Inu-Oh is a soaring glam-rock opera set in 14th-century Japan from visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, that is an ode to the power of music and a forceful statement on artistic freedom. Featuring character creation from manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto, who previously collaborated with Yuasa on the anime adaptation of Matsumoto’s series Ping Pong the Animation, Inu-Oh features original rock songs by the lead voice actors Avu-chan and Mirai Moriyama, which will have viewers dancing along in their seats.

Fans will be treated to bonus features including audio commentary and interviews with the original cast, an interview with director Masaaki Yuasa and more. The rock-opera’s physical release exclusively includes the all-new English language dub, and is now available for pre-order on GKIDS.com.

Inu-Oh saw great acclaim early on, making its world debut at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, followed by a North American premiere at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival, marking the lauded director’s first invitation to both festivals. Following the film’s previous presentation as a work in progress at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival, Yuasa returned to Annecy honored as the patron of the 2022 Mifa campus. The film continued its world tour at several other international film festivals including Fantasia International (Winner Satoshi Kon Award), Warsaw, Seattle International, Bucheon International Animation (Winner International Feature), Tokyo International, and more. The Blu-Ray™ + DVD release of Inu-Oh follows a successful theatrical run in North America, where it was celebrated by critics and audiences alike.

Synopsis:

Born to an esteemed family, Inu-oh is afflicted with an ancient curse that has left him on the margins of society. When he meets the blind musician Tomona, a young biwa priest haunted by his past, Inu-oh discovers a captivating ability to dance. The pair quickly become inseparable friends as crowds flock to their electric, larger-than-life concerts. But when those in power threaten to break up the band, Inu-oh and Tomona must dance and sing to uncover the truth behind their creative gifts.

Japanese voice cast:

  • Avu-chan (Queen Bee) is Inu-oh
  • Mirai Moriyama is Tomona
  • Tasuku Emoto is Lord Yoshimitsu Ashikaga
  • Kenjiro Tsuda is Inu-oh’s Father
  • Yutaka Matsushige is Tomona’s Father

English voice cast:

  • Joshua Waters is Inu-oh
  • Sena Bryer is Tomona
  • Cory Yee is Lord Yoshimitsu Ashikaga
  • Holden Thomas is Inu-oh (Teen)
  • Carter Young is Tomona (Young)
  • Jonathan Leon is Tomona (Teen)

Special Features:

  • Q&A at US Premiere
  • Interview with Masaaki Yuasa
  • Yuasa Draws Inu-oh
  • Scene Breakdown
  • Trailers and Teasers

Source: GKIDS