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LU OVER THE WALL (夜明け告げるルーのうた)

 

Date&Time: Sat. August 11 @ 2:00pm
Runtime: 107min / 2017
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Starring (voice): Kanon Tani, Shota Shimoda, Shinichi Shinohara
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 theatre.

Official Website and Trailer (In Japanese):  http://lunouta.com/

「夜は短し恋せよ乙女」も手がけた湯浅政明監督の完全オリジナルによる劇場用長編アニメで、人間の少年と人魚の少女の出会いと別れを丁寧かつ繊細な描写でつづった。フランスのアヌシー国際アニメーション映画祭の長編コンペティション部門に出品され、日本映画としては「平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ」以来22年ぶりとなる最高賞のクリスタル賞を受賞した。

寂れた漁港・日無町で、父親や祖父と3人で暮らす男子中学生カイ。両親の離婚が原因で東京からこの町へ引っ越してきた彼は、両親に対し複雑な思いを抱えながらも口に出すことができず、鬱屈した日々を送っていた。そんなある日、クラスメイトの国男と遊歩に誘われて人魚島を訪れたカイは、人魚の少女ルーと出会う。カイは天真爛漫なルーと一緒に過ごすうちに、少しずつ自分の気持を言えるようになっていく。しかし日無町では、古来より人魚は災いをもたらす存在とされており……。
(映画.comより)

監督:湯浅政明  声の出演:谷花音、下田翔大、篠原信一、柄本明