From up on Poppy Hill

From up on Poppy Hill

DVD - 2020 | Japanese
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Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi and Shun, but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Awardʼ winner Hayao Miyazaki and featuring an all-star English voice cast!
Publisher: [Tokyo] : Studio Ghibli, Shout Factory, [2020]
Edition: DVD widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
Alternative Title: Kokuriko-zaka kara.


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Apr 23, 2021

Period piece set in 1963 as Japan was modernizing and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics. One line hit home for me: "You cannot move into the future without first knowing your past. Destroy everything old and you dishonor those who lived and died before us."

Apr 10, 2021

My new favorite Ghibli movie. The music was nice, the animation was charming, and the voice acting was good too. It's not fantastical, it's more historical fiction. If I could compare this to Whisper of the Heart, this film is better in every way.

Dec 29, 2020


Sep 03, 2020

From Up On Poppy Hill is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, animated by Studio Ghibli. The film tells the story of a young high school girl by the name of Umi Matsuzaki, who lives in a boarding house, 'Coquelicot Manor'. When Umi meets Shun Kazama who is a member of the school's newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school's clubhouse, Quartier Latin. However, Tokumaru, the chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment. Umi and Shun, along with Shirō Mizunuma, must persuade him to reconsider. The music is enchanting and the animation is beautiful. The softness of the movie reminded me of “Whisper of the Heart” which was also created by Studio Ghibli. I would recommend this to teens 13 and up. Rating: 4/5
@PrettyKitty of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This Studio Ghibli film is one about young love between Umi and Shun. As they get to know each other and grow fond of each other more throughout the movie so does their feelings for each other. I was surprised how committed to each other they were and how sure they were of their feelings for each other because when they uncover something from the past their relationship gets a little complicated. But in the end it was a nice love story between growing teens. I thought it was lovely to see how they fell in love with each other by doing the little things together and having small common interests. In the beginning it didn’t even seem that Umi liked Shun in the first place, so it was wonderful to see them grow to like each other. All in all the animation and music in the movie were pleasant to the eyes and ears. A 5/5 rating!
@minimonie of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 02, 2020

I am a lover of Studio Ghibli movies, and this has definitely knocked out a few from the top of my favourites list.
This movie is so heart-warming and quaint. It has adorable music, and lovable characters. Definitely a feel good movie. Left me with a smile on my face.

May 15, 2018

Another great film from Studio Ghibli. As always the music is enchanting and the animation is beautiful.

The softness of this movie reminded me of "Whisper of the Heart" which was also created by Studio Ghibli.

Mar 17, 2018

There's a point in this movie where this becomes The Most Awkward Teenage Crush Story, and had it continued down that path, I don't think I could take it seriously.

But it's overall a sweet, fluffy movie.

A remarkable period peace, perfectly capturing 1960s Japan. Nostalgic, sweet, and maybe a little too idealized, but it's really hard to dislike anything about this movie.

Oct 22, 2017

Even minor-key Studio Ghibli films like this are just so lovely and warm-hearted.

VaughanPLKarenL Jan 11, 2017

Yes, the teens are trying to save their school clubhouse, but it would be doing this film a disservice if nothing else were to be said about the relationships between the characters living in post-war Japan, which is where From Up On Poppy Hill truly shines. The dynamic between the two leads, while it doesn't send your heart racing, is lovely in its slow and gentle progression. Even the introduction of what I think is the main issue (as opposed to the demolition of the clubhouse), which I won't spoil here, is presented quietly and dealt with by the characters in much the same way. It is a slow film overall, without any particular spikes as far as action goes, so do keep in mind that if you're looking for a fast-paced movie, this is most likely not it for you (right now).

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Jan 22, 2014

(Shun) "Oh I didn't get this from the jump; I cut myself shaving." (Umi) "Oh." (Sora) *awed fan girl voice* "He shaves!"

Jan 22, 2014

"Can I have your autograph!?" "Go ahead, Elvis."

Jan 22, 2014

"They don't call my dad the Plaster King for nothing!"

Jan 22, 2014

"Welcome to the Lit. Club. Or the Archaeology Club. Or if you read that monthly rag that we publish."

Jan 22, 2014

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Jan 09, 2014

"What are girls doing here?"
"I dunno."
"Do ya think they like us?"

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