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Lu over the Wall UK Cinema Release Details

Date: 2017 August 31 16:47

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We've just been sent details about Lu over the Wall from the good folks at Anime Limited. The new movie from director Masaaki Yuasa features a heartwarming and magical mermaid tale.

The film will be at the BFI London Film Festival Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2017. You can read more about it on the BFI LFF Website. Tickets will be on sale from Monday 14th September 2017. We advise booking early to avoid disappointment.

The film will be shown nationwide around the UK on Wednesday 6th December 2017.

Masaaki Yuasa's trade mark style includes quick fire dialogue, eccentric and eclectic mix of style story and animation. You may have seen his work before on the cult The Tatami Galaxy.

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Release Information

At BFI London Film Festival 14th and 15th October 2017

In Cinemas Nationwide Wednesday 6th Dec. 2017

Distributor: Anime Limited / National Amusements

Lu Over the Wall

Annecy International Film Festival - Cristal for a Feature Film (Won)

Fast Sell
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.

Key Talent
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")

We Like It Because
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.

Editor's Notes

About Masaaki Yuasa
Debuting in 1999 with Production I.G.'s "Vampiyan Kids", Masaaki Yuasa's first major release in 2004's "MIND GAME" garnered acclaim from even industry icons like the late Satoshi Kon. Since then, his filmography has grown and expanded to include short film "Kick Heart", TV series "Ping Pong: The Animation" and an Annecy nominated episode of Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time"

Following a lengthy absence from feature film, 2017 marks a triumphant return for Masaaki Yuasa with not only the eccentric "Night is Short, Walk on Girl" (released in cinemas this October), but also the magical "Lu over the Wall". Yuasa's next project, the "Devilman crybaby" television anime, will debut worldwide on Netflix next year.

About Anime Limited
Based out of Glasgow in Scotland, Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to delivering the best of anime direct from Japan. As an independent company, their emphasis is on breathing new life into beloved classics and introducing new theatrical favourites like "Your Name", "A Silent Voice" and "Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale". With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, beautifully packaged home video collector's editions and new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.

About National Amusements
National Amusements owns and operations Showcase and Showcase Cinema de Lux, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, operating more than 940 screens in the US, UK, Brazil and Argentina. National Amusements is also a distributor specialising in event cinema, with a focus on anime and pre-school titles including "Your Name", "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F" and "Thomas & Friends: The Great Race". Based in Massachusetts, National Amusements is a closely held company operating under the third generation of leadership by the Redstone family. National Amusements is also the parent company of both Viacom and CBS Corporation.

Source: Anime Limited
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