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