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GKIDS Releasing ‘Lu Over the Wall’ Nationwide on May 11

Acclaimed film from director Masaaki Yuasa will screen in both English and Japanese versions.

GKIDS brings ‘Lu Over the Wall’ to theaters May 11.

NEW YORK -- GKIDS has announced Lu Over The Wall, the highly anticipated feature film by visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, will be released nationwide on May 11.

In anticipation of the film’s release, GKIDS has unveiled the official poster and a new trailer.

The film received the grand prize at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival and the English dubbed version was an official selection of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Michael Sinterniklaas (Your Name, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Stephanie Sheh (Your Name, Sailor Moon Crystal) lend their voices to the film.

Lu Over the Wall is a 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.

Source: GKIDS

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.