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From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Secret World of Arrietty, comes another animated triumph. Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki and featuring an all-star English voice cast!
Goro Miyazaki's From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-Zaka Kara) was the top-grossing animated film in Japan in 2011 (outdrawing two Pokémon movies), and won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story unfolds in Yokohama during preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Each morning as she prepares for school, industrious Umi Matsuzaki (voiced by Sarah Bolger) flies signal flags from her family's boarding house in memory of her father, who was lost at sea during the Korean War. Shun Kazama (Anton Yelchin), the engaging editor of the high school newspaper, gets her involved in his campaign to preserve "the Latin Quarter," a beloved but dilapidated building that houses the school clubs. The effort to save the ramshackle structure sparks a believable romance between these likable teenagers. Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa adapted the story from a graphic novel by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama. The filmmaking is more intimate and assured than Goro Miyazaki's Tales from Earthsea (2006). Many Japanese retain a nostalgia for the early '60s, when the Olympics proclaimed their country's reemergence from the destruction of World War II and the period of rebuilding that followed. Kyo Sakamoto's crossover pop hit "Ue o muite aruko," which Americans know as "Sukiyaki," sets the tone. The Ghibli artists outdid themselves creating the dust and junk decades of high school students left in the Latin Quarter: the audience can understand both the students' affection for their ratty headquarters and the administrators' desire to be rid of an eyesore. At a time when American animation is dominated by fast-paced, big-budget CG films, From Up on Poppy Hill reminds viewers of the singular warmth of hand-drawn animation. (Rated PG: some mature themes, minor tobacco use) --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
Wonderful and suspensful story. Excelkent translation if ine watched the original Japanese. I watched a second time in Engish dubbing. and it was well done also. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Richard B. Rucci
I bought it used and I couldn't be happier with it. It looked practically new. No complaints. I would buy from this seller again. Thank you.Published 4 days ago by Esther U Thomas
My review is also on the movie itself and not the quality of the DVD combo.
I enjoy watching Animes not just for the story, but also for the artwork … and this movie... Read more
As usual, the animation and art are amazing. Unlike other ghibli films, this one failed to hold my interest. I could only make it a half hour before I had to watch something else. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Bill Lumberg
awesome movie. the ending was odd and so that was my only dislike about the movie.Published 15 days ago by Michael B.
Another great video. Enjoyable for kids and adults, stunning art work.Published 25 days ago by ArtTeacher
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|Why does Umi put a glass of water by her father's picture?||
A glass of fresh water and a bunch of poppies, on a small table, in front of the father's portrait, taken care of daily by a daughter: Probably an abbreviated form of Japanese ancestor worship, resembling the offerings of flowers and water left on the tomb of a dead relative during the Higan... Read More
Jan 11, 2014 by Oscar L. Colombo | See all 3 posts
|In Japanese with English subtitles?||
Yes, it will have the original Japanese language track with English subtitles, along with the English dub and English dubtitles.
Aug 28, 2013 by DisneyWildcat | See all 4 posts
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