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Ghibliotheque presents... ON-GAKU: OUR SOUND

Ghibliotheque presents... ON-GAKU: OUR SOUND

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Ghibliotheque presents... ON-GAKU: OUR SOUND

  • Directed by Kenji Iwaisawa
  • 2019 | 71mins | Japan | (12)

On a whim, a trio of high school hoodlums give up their delinquent lifestyle and decide to form a band – with two drums, two bass guitars, and zero musical talent between them.


Adapted from the indie manga by Hiroyuki Ohashi, On-Gaku: Our Sound is a high-school band anime like no other. Made on a shoestring budget over the course of seven-and-a-half years, the film was made almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa, with the assistance of a small group of enthusiasts and amateurs recruited via social media. Much like the wannabe rockers in the film, the crew had precious little professional experience between them. The result is pure independent filmmaking, and a celebration of oddball characters, offbeat humour and the overwhelming, transportive power of music.


Ghibliotheque presents is a monthly screening series at the Prince Charles that showcases the best of Japanese animation. Each screening is picked and introduced by Michael Leader and Jake Cunningham, co-hosts of the animation podcast Ghibliotheque and co-authors of the Ghibliotheque Anime Movie Guide, which charts a path through the wildly creative and influential anime industry with 30 standout feature films, from Akira to Your Name.