Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko and Inu-Oh Anime Films win awards at Bucheon Int’l Animation Festival – News


The 23rd Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF) announced on Sunday that Fortune favors Lady Nikuko, Studio 4 ° Cthe animated film of Kanako Nishi‘s Gyokō no Nikuko-chan (Nikuko from the fishing port), won the President’s Award of the Korean Society of Cartoon and Animation Studies (KOSCAS) in the Special Awards category, and Masaaki yuasa‘s INU-OH, the musical animated feature film by Hideo furukawa‘s Heike Monogatari: INU-OH no maki (Tales of the Heike: INU-OH) novel, won the Special Distinction Prize in the International Competition – Feature Films category. In addition, the short film “Anxious Body” (“Fuan na Tai”) by Yoriko Mizushiri won the Special Distinction Award in the International Competition – Short Film category.

Fortune favors Lady Nikuko open June 11.

Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the sea, Space brothers) directed the anime at Studio 4 ° C. Satomi Ooshima (Hataraki man) writes the script. Kenichi konishi (Children of the sea, A good librarian like a good shepherd) was the character designer and chief animation director. Sanma Akashiya (Santa Tsukamaeta! writer and original creator) planned and produced the film. ASMIK Ace distributes the film.

10 years Kurumi Inagaki sing a GREEN-realization of the cover of “Image no Uta”, the first single from the veteran singer-songwriter Takuro yoshida, as the theme song of the film. GREEN performs the movie ending theme song “Taketen”.

Gentosha published the original novel in April 2014. The novel “Human Drama” centers on a mother named Nikuko and her daughter, Kikuko, who live on a boat. The novel follows their paths in life, and their growth. The novels have over 350,000 copies printed.

INU-OH premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 10. It was the first 2D Japanese film to compete in the Horizons category of the Venice International Film Festival. The film will be released in Japan in early 2022. The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters in 2021.

GKIDS licensed to the film, and it describes the story of the film:

INU-OH was born with unique physical characteristics, and horrified adults cover every inch of his body with clothing, including a face mask. 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 inseparable business partners and friends, using their creative gifts to survive on the fringes of society, as song after song gains them notoriety and propels them to stardom. Through the songs, INU-OH mesmerizes her audience on stage and gradually begins to transform into someone of unparalleled beauty. But why is Tomona blind? Why was INU-OH born with unique characteristics? It’s a story about the friendship of INU-OH and Tomona, who dance and sing to uncover the truth and break each other’s curse.

Yuasa (DEVILMAN crybaby, Surf your wave, Japan Sink: 2020) directed the film. Manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto wrote the original character designs for INU-OH in his second collaboration with Yuasa, who directed the Matsumoto anime Ping pong manga. Akiko Nogi wrote his first animated film after scripting live works such as I am a hero, We got married like a job!, and Unnatural.

Sources: BIAF, Crisp

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