Lu Over The Wall (Yoake Tsugeru Ru no Uta)

104 Minutes • NR


Lark Theater Sat, May 12, 2018 10:30 AM
Lark Theater Sun, May 13, 2018 3:00 PM
Lark Theater Sat, May 19, 2018 10:30 AM
Lark Theater Sun, May 20, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Event Movie
Release Year:2017
Production Country:Japan
Original Langauge:Japanese
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Masaaki Yuasa
Cast:Kanon Tani
Shota Shimoda
Shin'ichi Shinohara
Screenwriter:Reiko Yoshida
Masaaki Yuasa
Amanda Celine Miller (English language version)
Stephanie Sheh (English language version)
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From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa, comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions 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.


As Kai spends more time with Lu, he finds he is able to tell her what he is really thinking, and a bond begins to form. But since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble between Lu and the townspeople, putting the town in grave danger.  Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival, and premiering in English as an official selection of Sundance 2018, 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.



WINNER, Cristal Award for Best Feature Film



Annecy International Animated Film Festival







"A playful, joyfully weird musical comedy" 




-Emily Yoshida, Vulture






"A complete delight whether you're a kid or adult, animation fan or not."




- Daniel Schlindel, The Film Stage





"A high enery crowd pleaser bolstered by welcome shots of kooky surrealism"




-Rebecca Pahle, Film Journal International




"Filled with fantasy and childlike wonder.





-Samantha Cubbison, Japan Times