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Shout! Factory to Release Lu Over the Wall Anime Film on BD/DVD

posted on by Karen Ressler
Home video release slated for February 5

GKIDS and Shout! Factory announced on Wednesday that they will release Masaaki Yuasa's Lu over the wall anime film on Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, DVD, and digital download on February 5. The release will have English and Japanese audio, audio commentary, and a director interview.

Lu over the wall opened in Japan in May 2017, 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 screened the film in the United States and Canada in May. The film earned US$66,067 in its opening weekend.

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.

Source: Press Release

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