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Lu Over the Wall (2017)

Title: Lu Over the Wall
Rating: PG
Directed by: Masaaki Yuasa
Written by: Reiko Yoshida, Masaaki Yuasa, Stephanie Sheh, and Amanda Céline Miller
Starring: Kanon Tani, Shôta Shimoda, and Shin’ichi Shinohara
Release Date: 5/19/2017
Running Time: 112 minutes

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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.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No


Miss Hokusai (2015)*

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Title: Miss Hokusai (aka. Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Keiichi Hara
Written by: Miho Maruo and Stephanie Sheh
Based on the comic “Sarusuberi” by: Hinako Sugiura
Starring: Yutaka Matsushige, Anne Watanabe and Erica Lindbeck
Release Date: 10/14/2016
Running Time: 93 minutes

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The time: 1814.
The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo.
One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.
A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Dharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not seriously willing to undertake.

Third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. “We’re father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, we’ll get by anywhere.”

Decades later, Europe was going to discover the immense talent of Tetsuzo. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Degas and Van Gogh, Monet and Klimt, Edmond de Goncourt and Debussy.
However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all her life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited. This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.


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