At BFI London Film Festival 14th and 15th October 2017
In Cinemas Nationwide Wednesday 6th Dec. 2017
Distributor: Anime Limited / National Amusements
Annecy International Film Festival – Cristal for a Feature Film (Won)
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.
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.
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”)
Kanon Tani (“Your Name”, “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”)
Shōta Shimoda (“Have A Song On Your Lips”, “Mom, I’m Okay [Okaasan, Ore wa Daijoubu]”)
Akira Emoto (“Shin Godzilla”, “Folktales from Japan”)
Minako Kotobuki (“K-On!”, “Tiger & Bunny”)
Shin’ichi Shinohara (“Yakuza: Kiwami”)
Saitō Sōma (“Akame ga Kill”, “Terror in Resonance”)
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.