Accessibility Links

On-Gaku: Our Sound

1h 11m Animation, Comedy, Music 2020


In the lazy days of summer, a trio of bored high school delinquents—without any musical skill or clear motivation apart from the encouragement of a girl classmate—decide to start a band. When the stakes are raised and they get invited to perform at a local music festival, however, the group’s leader (voiced by popular rock musician Shintaro Sakamoto) starts to get cold feet. Adapted from the manga by Hiroyuki Osashi, this impressive feature animation was completed over the course of seven years with over 40,000 hand-drawn frames handled almost entirely by director Kenji Iwaisawa himself. A musical slacker comedy in the tradition of Nobuhiro Yamashita’s Linda Linda Linda (2005) with infectious deadpan humour and an idiosyncratic visual style, On-Gaku: Our Sound is a delightful celebration of music’s inherent power.

“★★★★★ Every so often, a film comes along that’s so fresh and distinctive, your immediate impulse is to stand up and applaud it… an instant classic.” —The Japan Times

  • Winner, Grand Prize for Feature Animation, 43rd Ottawa International Animation Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Original Music Award for a Feature Film, 60th Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Available streaming territory: U.S. only

Let us know what you think of the film!


Kenji Iwaisawa


in Japanese with English subtitles



You may also like

Kinta and Ginji
1h 24m Avant-Garde, Comedy 2019
Lost Three Make One Found
26m Short, Documentary 2019
The Murders of Oiso
1h 19m Indie, Drama 2019
Shell and Joint
2h 34m Avant-Garde, Dark Humor 2019
Special Actors
1h 49m Comedy 2019

Download the app to view your purchased content!