Kai is a talented young musician who longs to leave the shores of his small fishing town. Forced to move away from the big city, he spends his days sulking and making music, which he uploads online. When his classmates invite him to join their band, his melodies catch the ears of an unexpected guest, Lu, a young mermaid whose fins morph into feet when she hears a good beat. To the surprise of Lu’s new human friends, she’s a good singer and her voice holds a magical power – it makes people compulsively dance in joy!
The more Kai spends time with Lu, the closer they grow together. However, Kai learns that the villagers believe an ancient lore that mermaids bring disaster. Will Kai and his friends be able to protect Lu’s identity?
Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival, and an Official Selection at Sundance 2018 and Melbourne International Film Festival 2018 , Lu over the Wall is a toe-tapping, heart-warming, feel-good drama for the whole family. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa, the visionary director behind some of the most creative animations in recent years such as Night is Short, Walk on Girl; Mind Game, Adventure Time “Food Chain”, and Ping Pong.
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Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Original Character Designer: Yoko Nemu
Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida, Masaaki Yuasa
Animation Producer: Eunyoung Choi
Producers: Yuka Okayasu, Junnosuke Ito
Executive Producers: Kenji Shimizu, Keiji Ota, Masaaki Yuasa, Akihiro Arai
Chief Producer: Koji Yamamoto
Animation Production Studio: Science SARU
Character Designer/Animation Director: Nobutake Ito
Art Director: Hiroshi Ohno
Flash Animation: Abel Gongora, Juan Manuel Laguna
Director of Photography: Batiste Perron
Sound Director: Eriko Kimura
Music: Takatsugu Muramatsu
Featured Song: Shinichi Sakurai
Lu: Kanon Tani
Kai: Shota Shimoda
Yuho: Minako Kotobuki
Kunio: Soma Saito
Lu’s Father: Shinichi Shinohara
© 2017 Lu Film partners