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INU-OH Screening in LA Features Director Yuasa, Biwa Performance

INU-OH Screening in LA Features Director Yuasa, Biwa PerformanceIf you’re in Los Angeles next week, this should be a lot of fun.

The Landmark Westwood will be showing Masaaki Yuasa’s film INU-OH, and that’s not all: the screening will feature an appearance by the director himself and a live biwa performance by Yukihiro Goto.

Damn, that’s cool!

Here’s how GKIDS describes the event and film:

Special Appearances at The Landmark Westwood on Wednesday, January 11, 2023: Biwa performance by Yukihiro Goto and a Q&A with director Masaaki Yuasa after the screening! From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, hailed by IndieWire as “one of the most creatively unbridled minds in all of modern animation,” comes a revisionist rock opera about a 14th-century superstar whose dance moves take Japan by storm. 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 business partners and 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. Featuring character creation by Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet, “Ping Pong the Animation”) and awe-inspiring vocals by Avu-chan (Queen Bee) and Mirai Moriyama, INU-OH is a glam-rock ode to the power of music and a forceful statement on artistic freedom from one of animation’s singular talents.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.