On-Gaku: Our Sound

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Feature Japan | US Premiere
Animation, Kenji Iwaisawa; 2019, 71 min

Recommended ages: 12+
In Japanese, with English subtitles

From grunge to genius, On-Gaku turns it up to eleven musically and visually! Kenji and his two buddies are considered the toughs in their high school. Only clever Aya knows their too-cool-for-school attitude is a total act, until a bass guitar unexpectedly ends up in Kenji’s hands. With its deadpan humor, fresh animation style, and upending of the high school musical genre, there’s no wonder this film won the Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival’s top prize.

*Some mature language and threat of menace

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