Special Showing

Lu Over the Wall

Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24

A musically gifted teenaged boy befriends a mermaid whose flippers turn to dancing feet when she hears music. When she sings, everyone who hears her is compelled to dance. This Japanese animated film is from director Masaaki Yuasa, "Japan’s Most Idiosyncratic and Exciting Animation Director" according to Vulture.


Lu Over the Wall

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Please note this change: All matinee shows will be dubbed in English. The Sunday evening show will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

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.

Presented on our Main Screen

  • Director: Masaaki Yuasa
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Music

“It’s awe-inspiring to watch, a cousin both of Old Hollywood musicals and modern dance TV shows, impressing with the creative choreography and skill on display”

– The Film Stage