Lu Over the Wall

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Japan | 2017 | 107 minutes | Masaaki Yuasa

Opens May 11, 2018

Directed by acclaimed anime director Masaaki Yuasa, this entertaining and visually stunning film, with a foot-tapping soundtrack, explores how misunderstanding can lead to conflict and prejudice, and how these can be overcome by the power of friendship and family.

The 6:30 screenings all weekend will be in Japanese with English subtitles. All others will be dubbed in English.


New kid Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking and isolated in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. When he demonstrates a proficiency at making music on his synthesizer, his classmates invite him to join their nascent garage band, but their practice sessions soon bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance - whether they want to or not. Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa's genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater.

  • Director: Masaaki Yuasa
  • Principal Cast: Kanon Tani, Shôta Shimoda , Shin'ichi Shinohara, Akira Emoto
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida, Masaaki Yuasa
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Rating: PG