Canadian Theatrical News: Lu Over The Wall

In the wake of Devilman Crybaby’s success, GKIDS has been mining the Masaaki Yuasa catalogue. Following the continued limited release of Mind Game, the distribution company is now in the midst of launching Lu Over The Wall. The film opened in Japan last May and will hit both Canada and the United States this month.

Lu Over The Wall sees Yuasa on directing duties while sharing script writing with the prolific Reiko Yoshida. Takatsugu Muramatsu is behind the film’s music. Yuasa’s Science Saru produced the film’s animation, utilizing an uncommon technique of drawing the keyframes on paper but tracing and then producing the animation using Flash.

GKIDS will be screening the film both in its Japanese version and with an English dub produced by NYAV.

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 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.

English Dub

Edmonton, AB Metro Cinema 8/11 @ 1PM
Montreal, QC Cinéma du Parc 5/18 @ 12:10PM
5/19 @ 10AM / 2:30PM
5/20 @ 10AM
5/21 @ 12:10PM
5/22 @ 12:10PM
5/23 @ 12:10PM
5/24 @ 12:10PM
Toronto, ON TIFF Lightbox 5/12 @ 12:45PM
5/13 @ 2:05PM
Vancouver, BC Vancity Theatre 5/19 @ 2PM
5/21 @ 6:45PM

Japanese with English subtitles

Calgary, AB Globe Cinema 5/18 @ 7:10/9:10PM
5/19 @ 1:10/3:10/7:10/9:10PM
5/20 @ 1:10/3:10PM
5/22 @ 7:10/9:10PM
5/23 @ 9:10PM
5/24 @ 7:10PM
5/26 @ 1PM
5/27 @ 1PM
5/29 @ 7PM
5/30 @ 7PM
5/31 @ 9:20PM
6/1 @ 7:10PM
6/2 @ 1:10/9:10PM
6/3 @ 1:10/3:10PM
6/5 @ 7:10/9:10PM
6/7 @ 7:10/9:/10PM
Edmonton, AB Metro Cinema 8/9 @ 7PM
8/15 @ 7PM
Montreal, QC Cinéma du Parc 5/18 @ 5PM
5/19 @ 5PM
5/20 @ 5PM
5/21 @ 5PM
5/22 @ 5PM
5/23 @ 5PM
5/24 @ 5PM
Toronto, ON TIFF Lightbox 5/11 @ 6:25PM
5/14 @ 6:30PM
Vancouver, BC Vancity Theatre 5/20 @ 4:40PM
5/23 @ 6:45PM

For last minute changes, keep your eyes on the official website for the film operated by GKIDS.

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