|Out on:||Theatrical 6th Dec. 2017|
Embark on a heartwarming and magical mermaid tale with “Lu over the Wall”, Masaaki Yuasa’s flowing watercolour of kindred spirits, overcoming hatred and winner of Annecy’s prestigious Cristal for a Feature Film.
Director: Masaaki Yuasa (“MIND GAME”, “Night is Short, Walk on Girl”)
Screenplay: Masaaki Yuasa & Reiko Yoshida (“A Silent Voice”, “The Cat Returns”)
Music: Takatsugu Muramatsu (“When Marnie was There”)
Producer: Eunyoung Choi (“Adventure Time” Episode Producer, “Space Dandy” Episode Director)
Production: Science Saru (“Night is Short, Walk on Girl”)
Can a shared love overcome the fear that divides us?
Following his parent’s divorce, high schooler Kai (Shōta Shimoda) moves to his father’s home in a rural fishing village, whose superstitions about mermaids force the young man to repress his desire to make music. When his classmates force him to join their band however, their melodies attract the affections of Lu (Kanon Tani), a mermaid whose joy will reveal that superstitions are just that and being different doesn’t mean we’re not the same.
We like it because:
At its heart, “Lu over the Wall” is a touching tale of kindred spirits and a moving exposé on the impact stereotypes and misconceptions wreak on our communities, stunningly presented wrapped in a cheery, family friendly setting complete with Masaaki Yuasa’s trademark elastic and eccentric visual artistry.
“Lu over the Wall” is also a technical delight, with a charming and rounded watercolour aesthetic, charming dance sequences that harken back to days of Disney’s past and a soundtrack expertly grained into the narrative flow.
Few directors can release more than one project in a year while also retaining the individual identity and high standards of each, yet Masaaki Muasa has proudly proven himself a creative force to be reckoned with.
Annecy International Film Festival - Cristal for a Feature Film (Won)
About Masaaki Yuasa:
Debuting in 1999 with Production I.G.’s “Vampiyan Kids”, Masaaki Yuasa’s first major release in 2004’s “MIND GAME” garnered acclaim from even industry icons like the late Satoshi Kon. Since then, his filmography has grown and expanded to include short film “Kick Heart”, TV series “Ping Pong: The Animation” and an Annecy nominated episode of Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time”
Following a lengthy absence from feature film, 2017 marks a triumphant return for Masaaki Yuasa with not only the eccentric “Night is Short, Walk on Girl” (released in cinemas this October), but also the magical “Lu over the Wall”. Yuasa’s next project, the “Devilman crybaby” television anime, will debut worldwide on Netflix next year.
About Anime Limited:
Based out of Glasgow in Scotland, Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to delivering the best of anime direct from Japan. As an independent company, their emphasis is on breathing new life into beloved classics and introducing new theatrical favourites like “Your Name”, “A Silent Voice” and “Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale”. With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, beautifully packaged home video collector’s editions and new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.
About National Amusements:
National Amusements owns and operations Showcase and Showcase Cinema de Lux, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, operating more than 940 screens in the US, UK, Brazil and Argentina. National Amusements is also a distributor specialising in event cinema, with a focus on anime and pre-school titles including “Your Name”, “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F” and “Thomas & Friends: The Great Race”. Based in Massachusetts, National Amusements is a closely held company operating under the third generation of leadership by the Redstone family. National Amusements is also the parent company of both Viacom and CBS Corporation.