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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. Read critic reviews

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Yokohama teens try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished.

Cast & Crew

Masami Nagasawa
Umi Matsuzaki
Voice
Jun'ichi Okada
Shun Kazama
Voice
Keiko Takeshita
Hana Matsuzaki
Voice
Yuriko Ishida
Miki Hokuto
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Rumi Hiiragi
Sachiko Hirokôji
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Jun Fubuki
Yoshiko Matsuzaki
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Takashi Naitô
Yoshio Onodera
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Shunsuke Kazama
Shirô Mizunuma
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Teruyuki Kagawa
Tokumaru rijichô
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Nao Ohmori
Akio Kazama
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Hayao Miyazaki
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Keiko Niwa
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Tetsurô Sayama
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Tetsurô Sayama
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Chizuru Takahashi
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Satoshi Takebe
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Atsushi Okui
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Critic Reviews for From Up on Poppy Hill

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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…
  • Beautifully precise architectural sketches, endearingly warm nostalgia, gentle teen romance and genuine intrigue.

    August 2, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | 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…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for From Up on Poppy Hill

  • Aug 24, 2015
    In "From Up on Poppy Hill," Umi Matsuzaki, a 16-year old student, hangs nautical flags every day from the porch of her home in memory of her father, a tugboat pilot, who went missing during the Korean War. This does not go without notice by boat captains in the area. What has also not gone without notice are the protests to keep the campus clubhouse, in danger of demolition for the upcoming 1964 Olympics, open which are led by Shun Kazama in occasionally spectacular fashion. "From Up on Poppy Hill" may not be one of the best animated movies Studio Ghibli has ever released.(It is so melodramatic in spots that a character actually comments on it.) But then considering how sweet and sentimental it is, it really does not have to be. Of all the lavish details, I am most fond of the clubhouse which is spectacularly rendered. Through that symbol, the movie explores not only Japan's connection to its past but also its future. All of which is done at a nicely personal level.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2014
    From a screenplay of his father's creating, Goro Miyazaki son of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, directs this sympathetic and well-grounded film from Studio Ghibli. From Up on Poppy Hill is a very unique film in the Ghibli cannon, and is firmly grounded in reality, unlike most of Studio Ghibli's previous films which involve fantasy elements and worlds. This film is set in 1963 in Yokohama and the Japanese people are at a crossroads between the devastation of World War II and the upcoming 1964 Olympic Games to be held in Japan. The film primarily focuses on a young boy and girl named Yumi and Shun who are caught up within the changing times between holding true to the past and the change the future brings. The film is about preserving the past so that it stays firmly rooted within the future and the two children along with their schoolmates work together to preserve a dilapidated Meiji era clubhouse from demolition. As the two work together along with their friends an innocent romance emerges but it could be destroyed before it truly begins when truths arise neither knew of. The film is heartwarming and brimming with emotional resonance and touches on family, loss of a loved one(s), and hope. Yes the film is sad throughout it's messages of the past and present sufferings resulting from this but is ultimately a hopeful story and one that is touching and thoughtfully constructed.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Only Miyazaki could make a family friendly, sweet and charming film with an incestuous twist. A true legend of animation and storytelling.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2013
    Goro Miyazaki's <i>From Up on Poppy Hill</i> takes it slow and steady.<p>Concluding at an hour and a half, the consistent sense of not knowing there the story is going is what keeps this film afloat. Backed by a calm atmosphere and a slower pace, the buildup of characters comes first and foremost, while the setting of the picture is a delight.</p><p>As with any good anime, the design of the characters are great and the attention to background detail work wonders at making the story that much more engrossing.</p><p>Voice work goes a long way in animations and there is no problem here. Masami Nagasawa and Junichi Okada highlight the cast.</p><p><i>From Up on Poppy Hill</i> doesn't pull any sharp turns with its storytelling, but when all is said and done, the story comes to a close nice and easy.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer

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