IWAISAWA Kenji was born in Tokyo in 1981. Working as an apprentice to director ISHII Teruo, he gained experience in live-action film production, and later taught himself animation, releasing the short “Man in the Tunnel Alley” in 2008. For On-Gaku: Our Sound, IWAISAWA took on a large part of the production himself, including screenplay, storyboards, animation direction and more. The film took over seven years to complete.
Based on a manga by OHASHI Hiroyuki, On-Gaku: Our Sound is a rock’n’roll film about three delinquent high schoolers who suddenly decide to start a band despite having never touched a musical instrument. Created over a period of over seven years by director IWAISAWA Kenji, the film employs many unique techniques, including rotoscoping, in which real footage is traced over. IWAISAWA even organized and filmed a real concert in order to create his climatic scene. These techniques give the film and its characters a vivid, dynamic feel.