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.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and turntablist Otomo Yoshihide‘s album features both instrumental score music and original Japanese vocal tracks that captures the anachronistic quality of the film’s music.
Also available alongside the soundtrack is an original song from acclaimed Japanese band QUEEN BEE entitled “INU-HIME.” Written and performed by QUEEN BEE vocalist and the voice of Inu-Oh, Avu-chan, the track was directly inspired by Avu-chan’s work on the film and arrives alongside a music video featuring Kenjiro Tsuda, who voices the character of Inu-Oh’s father in the movie.
Of the track and video, Avu-chan says, “I am very happy to have been able to write and create this song. I am grateful to have Mr. Tsuda [Kenjiro Tsuda] appear in the music video, who I worked with on the animated film Inu-Oh. I feel a sense of gratitude and strong conviction running through me from the depths of my heart to the ends of my body. All that remains is for you to listen and watch.”
INU-OH, which made it’s debut at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, debuts in U.S. theaters on August 12.
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