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Lu over the wall Anime Film's 2 New English Dub Clips Streamed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Film opened in select theaters in U.S., Canada with both dubbed, subtitled screenings on Friday

GKIDS released two new English dub clips on Friday for Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU's Lu over the wall anime film. The company began screening the film in select theaters in the United States on Friday. GKIDS is screening the film in both English dub and English subtitled versions. The film also opened in Toronto on Friday, with future Canadian screenings planned in Vancouver and Calgary. GKIDS has a full listing of theaters screening the film on the film's official website.

GKIDS also began streaming a video that highlights five facts about the film on Friday.

The English dub stars Christine Marie Cabanos as Lu and Michael Sinterniklaas as KAI. Stephanie Sheh voices Yūho.

Lu over the wall opened in Japan last May, and won the top "Cristal for a Feature Film" award at the Annecy International Film Festival last June. The film also won the Silver Prize for the "Best Animated Feature Film" audience award at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival in August.

GKIDS describes the film:

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.

Yuasa directed the film and penned the film alongside Reiko Yoshida. Eunyoung Choi served as the film's producer.

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