Lu Over the Wall
Directed by Masaaki Yuasa
Japan, Animated, 2017, 112 mins., in Japanese w/ English subtitles
Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.
(Program concludes no later than 2pm)
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave.
Themes & Subjects: Coming of Age, Animated Film, Japanese Folklore
Synopsis: Winner of the top prize at this year’s Annecy Animation Film Festival, Lu Over the Wall is a visually ravishing take on the classic fairy tale of the little mermaid who falls in love with mankind. Quiet Kai lives in a small fishing town with his superstitious grandfather. The old man warns him of the dangers of the Merfolk, whom he and the townspeople believe lure people to their deaths. When confronted by bullies, Kai is helped by the fun-loving mermaid Lu. With a local seafood company posing a threat to the town and its inhabitants hostile towards the Mer people, Lu, Kai and his friends must join together to ensure both communities survive.
Resources for teachers:
Article about Mermaids in Japanese folklore.
Official film website (in Japanese).
Scientific American article “Challenges Facing Japan’s Marine Fisheries.”