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Lu Over The Wall

Yoake Tsugeru Rū no Uta / 夜明け告げるルーのうた

2017, Masaaki Yuasa, Japan, 112 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 11th 1:45pm
  • Fri, May 11th 6:00pm
  • Sat, May 12th 7:45pm
  • Sun, May 13th 2:30pm
  • Mon, May 14th 6:00pm
  • Tue, May 15th 8:00pm
  • Wed, May 16th 6:00pm
  • Thu, May 17th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere!

"Energetic, frequently hilarious, always visually riveting…a complete delight whether you're a kid or adult, animation fan or not." - Daniel Schindel, The Film Stage

"Nothing short of incredible…overflowing with creativity and off-kilter charm." - Chris Perkins, Animation for Adults

Cult anime director Yuasa (DEVILMAN: CRYBABY) brings frantic energy, bouncy music, and a non-stop sense of motion to this pop-mythic tale of Lu, a heroine with a tail, and Kai, a downcast teen newly arrived in a remote fishing village with his divorced dad. In a spin on the Miyazaki-like theme of the youthful loner who finds solace in the friendship of a non-human other, Kai discovers that his late-night music lures a sprightly and very sociable little mermaid onto dry land, where she grows legs and dances. Yuasa has a ball with the fairy-tale plot that sometimes veers to the dark side with signs of the town's economic depression in the shadow of an ominous mountain, and old wives' tales that spread fear of merfolk. Madcap sea action holds sway, topped only by wacky and joyous dance numbers. In English, or in Japanese with English subtitles, at indicated times. DCP digital. (BS)

Fri., 5/11 at 6 pm — Sat., 5/12 at 7:45 pm — Tue., 5/15 at 8 pm — Thu., 5/17 at 8 pm

Fri., 5/11 at 1:45 pm — Sun., 5/13 at 2:30 pm — Mon., 5/14 at 6 pm — Wed., 5/16 at 6 pm

At select screenings, we will be giving away a limited number of LU OVER THE WALL buttons, mini-posters, and guitar picks! Join our email list or show us your LU ticket stub before the Friday, May 11, 1:45 pm; Friday, May 11, 6:00 pm; and Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 pm screenings. We will be in the Film Center's lobby at each of these screenings 30 minutes before the screenings' start times. Item given away are first-come, first-served.

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