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  • [Theatrical] GKIDS to distribute INU-OH

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    The New Feature Film from Acclaimed Director Masaaki Yuasa

    Work In Progress Presented at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival

    GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, Japanese production company Science SARU INC. and its partner Asmik Ace, Inc., Japanese production, distribution and sales company, announced that GKIDS has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature INU-OH, the latest feature from acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa (Ride Your Wave, Keep Your Hands Off Of Eizokuen!). Presented as a work in progress at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival, the musical animated feature tells the story of the friendship between the legendary 14th century Noh performer Inu-Oh, and the blind Biwa player Tomona. As the two rise from hardship to stardom through their creative partnership, they may break each other’s curse. The film features character creation from manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet), who previously collaborated with Yuasa on the anime adaptation of Matsumoto’s series Ping Pong the Animation. INU-OH marks GKIDS’ fifth title from visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, following local releases of Lu Over the Wall, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, Mind Game, and most recently, Ride Your Wave. GKIDS will theatrically release the film in 2021.

    David Jesteadt of GKIDS and Mai Kato of Asmik Ace negotiated the deal for North American rights.

    “With each new project, Masaaki Yuasa continues to push in new and exciting directions across genres and styles,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “INU-OH is already one of our most anticipated films of 2021, and we can’t wait to share more of Yuasa’s remarkable work with his fellow fans.”

    Eunyoung Choi of Science SARU, producer of INU-OH, said “GKIDS is no doubt one of the most acclaimed animation distributors with an impressive catalogue of films, and we are so happy that they are releasing INU-OH in North America. The way people see Japanese culture is getting much deeper, more diversified and sophisticated these days. This is the best timing ever to bring real, fascinating Japanese traditional culture to the fellow fans in North America, and to the world! Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU are teaming up again, taking on the challenge to show a unique view of Noh with a fresh new look. We are looking forward to sharing with you.”

    Fumie Takeuchi of Asmik Ace, producer of INU-OH, said “I have been excited to deliver audiences this new film next year, being created with director Masaaki Yuasa, producer Eunyoung Choi and their production team, whom I worked for The Tatami Galaxy together. GKIDS is the distributor who has been bringing wonderful animations of the world to the North American audiences with passion and affection for more than 10 years. I am so happy and reassured having GKIDS to this brand-new voyage with director Masaaki Yuasa.”

    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.
    ---EDIT (move rumors thread post to new thread & add PR to top post)---

    With Annecy ongoing, keep on an eye on INU-OH. Don't be surprised if it gets licensed before Annecy ends (especially GKIDS).

    Glasgow (June 17, 2020) – Anime Limited, the UK and France’s leading independent distributor of anime, is happy to announce the acquisition of distribution rights via Asmik Ace, Inc. for the UK, Ireland and France of the latest Masaaki Yuasa film, “INU-OH”. The film features as part of the Work in Progress Features programme at Annecy 2020.
    Last edited by WTK; 06-25-2020, 01:24 PM. Reason: move rumors thread post to new thread & add PR to top post

  • #2

    GKIDS is proud to announce the North American rights to INU-OH, the next film from Masaaki Yuasa and @ScienceSARU
    (#NightIsShort, #RideYourWave). Coming 2021 Follow @GKIDSFilms
    for more #InuOh updates!

    http://InuOhMovie.com #MasaakiYuasa #EunyoungChoi #ScienceSARU


    • #3
      https://deadline.com/2021/02/ride-yo...ews-1234687643 (Feb 8)

      DEADLINE: What’s next for you?

      YUASA: We are in production for Inu-Oh right now, a story about the real-life Noh performer Inu-Oh and a biwa player who lived in the Muromachi period. There are almost no records left of them, but we highlight their story as we think how such amazing people existed back then. They pursue their ideals and take on challenges that are unfavorable or without merit. Perhaps, in that way, the theme is similar to Ride Your Wave.


      • #4

        Discover exclusive film clips before the films are released in cinema theatres!
        On the programme: "Inu-Oh", the new project by Masaaki Yuasa


        • #5
          Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's INU-OH will premiere at the Venice Film Festival! https://twitter.com/la_Biennale/stat...90735028961283
          JP trailer with no English subtitles (via Asmik Ace): https://youtu.be/ORfqoRY5dYI

          EDIT: early summer 2022 release in Japan https://inuoh-anime.tumblr.com/post/...A7%A3%E7%A6%81


          • #6
            INU-OH will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival! https://twitter.com/TIFF_NET/status/1420386188058316802


            • #7
              INU-OH - Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU [Official Subtitled Teaser Trailer] https://youtu.be/LSXpCIejBxk


              • #8

                Inu-Oh, the latest feature from award-winning director Masaaki Yuasa, is celebrating its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival (www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2021) in the Orizzonti Competition.

                The film’s World Premiere will take place September 9 at 2:25 p.m. in the Sala Darsena. Stateside distributor GKIDS has acquired U.S. rights and is planning a nationwide release in 2022.


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