Anime Review: Inu-Oh (2021) by Masaaki Yuasa

Masaaki Yuasa’s most demanding film so far

Masaaki Yuasa‘s “Inu-Oh” is an original take on the life of the 14th century titular Japanese Noh dance performer who was really well known back in time, but whose legacy was however lost. Primarily based on the graphic novel “Tales of the Heike: INU-OH” by Hideo Furukawa published in 2016, the story of Yuasa&amprsquors animated musical unfolds against the backdrop of difficult political events, when at the identical time embracing great components and Japanese mythology.

Inu-Oh screened at Udine Far East Film Festival

Despite the fact that he rose to a Noh legend in the course of his lifetime, all Inu-Oh&amprsquors songs had been forgotten in the course of the centuries that followed. In the graphic novel and the film alike, the performer was born with terrible deformities which gradually disappear by way of his connection with music, and even a lot more by way of the friendship with a young biwa player Tomona (Mirai Moriyama), a musician blinded as a boy by the light of a mythical sword his father was assigned to fish up from the depths of the sea by the emissaries of the Shogun of the Northern Court. According to the legend, only the emperor in possession of 3 sacred Heike treasures sunken in the course of the battle of Dan-No-Ura (1185) can be the nation&amprsquors correct ruler, and no price tag is higher for the regent in his quest for them.

The concentrate is in the starting largely on Tomona and his search for the secret Heike villages in which he hopes to uncover the truth behind his father&amprsquors death. When he runs into Inu-Oh (Avu-Chan, aka Queen Bee), he is unaware of the boy&amprsquors appear, and they each uncover an instant connection by way of their really like for music. It&amprsquors a bond in between two outcasts who can&amprsquort uncover their location in the society, but know how to express the discomfort and longing for really like by way of overall performance.

Tomona is currently a skilled musician believed the art of biwa playing by the monks who raised him immediately after he was orphaned. The order is maintaining Heike stories alive a lot to the dislike of the ruling Shogun, but their tradition is becoming tolerated up to Tomona and Inu-Oh&amprsquors rise to fame when they attract as well a lot interest with their catchy, energized performances.

When their tour starts, the films requires the type of an offbeat rock opera, powered by the magnificent voice of the transgender Japanese rock star Avu-chan. The original score composed by Yoshihide Otomo, who was amongst other, behind the music of Tian Zhuangzhuang “Blue KIte” (1993) and Philippe Garrel&amprsquors “Les Hautes Solitudes” (2002) is pretty a lot distinct to something that could have been possibly played in the 14th century Japan. This is the soundtrack that you would either want to purchase or want you had the band performing reside in the city you reside in. Biwas turn into electric guitars accompanying the songs about Inu-Oh&amprsquors life, extended shadows make for the unique effects, and when there is sometimes an individual fainting and becoming carried out from ‘the venue&amprsquor, there are concert-standard singalongs and persons dancing to the tune of the music.

“Inu-oh” is Masaaki Yuasa&amprsquors most demanding film so far, as it includes a lot of specifics surrounding the energy games of the time it is set in, and a rather uncommon mixture or old and new. The animation is wealthy in detail, switching from wash-out dusty palette (ordinarily connected to the political speak and plotting) and vibrant colors that accentuate the beauty of exteriors and quaint landscapes.

The film had its globe premiere at Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti plan section, and has been not too long ago screened at Far East Film Festival in Udine, exactly where we re-watched it.

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