FRI AUG 5, 2022 7:30 PM

INU-OH / RIDE YOUR WAVE

$10.00 (member) ; $15.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Q&A with filmmaker Masaaki Yuasa. Moderated by Dino-Ray Ramos.

Advance Screening of INU-OH, courtesy of GKIDS Films. 

‘Masaaki Yuasa: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’ 

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ABOUT THE FILMS:

INU-OH, 2021, GKIDS, 98 min, Japan, Dir: Masaaki Yuasa. 

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.

“Unforgettable… A jaw-dropping, head-banging freak out” – David Ehrlich,  IndieWire

FORMAT: DCP

RIDE YOUR WAVE, 2020, GKIDS, 96 min, Japan, Dir: Masaaki Yuasa. 

Visionary director Masaaki Yuasa applies his trademark visual ingenuity to this tale of romance, grief and self-discovery. Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

FORMAT: DCP