From Up On Poppy Hill

2013

From Up On Poppy Hill

Critics Consensus

Gentle and nostalgic, From Up on Poppy Hill is one of Studio Ghibli's sweeter efforts -- and if it doesn't push the boundaries of the genre, it remains as engagingly lovely as Ghibli fans have come to expect.

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The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics - and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji era club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. But - in an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing - a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. (c) GKids

Cast

Masami Nagasawa
as Umi (Japanese language version)
Haruza Shiraishi
as Sora (Japanese language version)
Junichi Okada
as Shun (Japanese language version)
Aubrey Plaza
as Sachiko
Yuriko Ishida
as Miki (Japanese language version)
Tsubasa Kobayashi
as Riku (Japanese language version)
Bruce Dern
as Yoshio
Rumi Hiiragi
as Sachiko (Japanese language version)
Beau Bridges
as Mr. Tokumaru
Nao Omori
as Akio (Japanese language version)
Ron Howard
as Philosophy Club President
Jake Steinfeld
as Fish Seller
Emily Bridges
as Mr. Tokumaru's Assistant
Jun Fubuki
as Ryoko (Japanese language version)
Keiko Takeshita
as Hana (Japanese language version)
Takashi Naitô
as Yoshio (Japanese language version)
Teruyuki Kagawa
as Mr. Tokumaru (Japanese language version)
Shunsuke Kazama
as Mizunuma (Japanese language version)
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  • A gently lyrical diversion for Ghibli die-hards ... a gentle snooze for others.

    August 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It ... arrives with the vast reserves of patience, optimism and artistry we've come to expect from this studio.

    August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • The incest-scare subplot never trips up the movie's charm. And there's a haunting reverberance, very Hayao Miyazaki, to the war memories that empower the parental back-stories.

    August 1, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Not up there with the Ghibli masterworks of yore, but still a bounty of ideas and emotions.

    August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You don't watch a Studio Ghibli film so much as sink into it like a hot spring, with groans of delight.

    August 1, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The gorgeous score and subtle visual craft save this entry in the Ghibli canon from mediocrity. But given what the studio is capable of, it's not everything fans will be hoping for.

    July 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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