GKIDS has announced that the award-winning, energetic modern fairytale Lu Over the Wall will get its US nationwide release in its English-dubbed version on May 11. This eagerly awaited — and family-friendly! — film from visionary Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa (Night Is Short, Walk on Girl; Devilman Crybaby) won the Annecy Cristal last year and was an official selection for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
The English dub features the voices of Michael Sinterniklaas (Your Name., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Stephanie Sheh (Your Name., Sailor Moon Crystal). Check out the new trailer below!
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.