Lu Over the Wall (Yoake tsugeru Rû no uta)

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Lu Over the Wall can be more fun to watch than to follow, but director Masaaki Yuasa's distinctive visual style offers colorful compensation for an occasionally scattered story.



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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 premiering in English as 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.


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  • Lu Over the Wall is many films, all of them vying for the same screen time. It's as chaotic as it sounds.

    May 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • I can't lie: I was bored throughout the 112 minutes I spent watching Lu Over the Wall.

    May 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film has a scrappy, sometimes cheap look to it (characters look flat, like thin-lined Etch-a-Sketch drawings, superimposed over more colorful hand-painted backgrounds), for which it more than compensates via other strengths ...

    May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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  • Yuasa's bold imagery and sometimes convoluted storytelling defy the conventions of traditional animated filmmaking, but he is clearly an artist with an individual vision whose work offers something genuinely new and eye-catching.

    May 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, Yuasa and cowriter Reiko Yoshida stay at surface level with the narrative.

    May 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The character renderings feel more rushed than the rich, warm backgrounds. What the film gains in energy, it loses in the kinds of expressive details that make two-dimensional figures seem like they breathe three-dimensional life.

    May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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