From Up on Poppy Hill

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Overview

Set in Tokyo a few months before the 1964 Olympic Games, From Up on Poppy Hill tells the story of Umi, a teenager whose father died during wartime, and who shoulders much of the responsibility for her family's business in addition to maintaining good grades at school. Her orphaned friend Shun lives in a mansion on the school grounds with dozens of other kids, and when their home is threatened with demolition, Umi and the others do their best to stop the dwelling from being destroyed. From Up on Poppy Hill is the ...
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Overview

Set in Tokyo a few months before the 1964 Olympic Games, From Up on Poppy Hill tells the story of Umi, a teenager whose father died during wartime, and who shoulders much of the responsibility for her family's business in addition to maintaining good grades at school. Her orphaned friend Shun lives in a mansion on the school grounds with dozens of other kids, and when their home is threatened with demolition, Umi and the others do their best to stop the dwelling from being destroyed. From Up on Poppy Hill is the second feature by Goro Miyazaki, the son of acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki. The film played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Special Features

Feature-length storyboards; Celebrity cast recording featurette; Interview with Goro Miyazaki; Music video; Yokohama featurette; Original Japanese trailers and TV spots
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Editorial Reviews

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The latest effort from Japan's Studio Ghibli the team that brought us Spirited Away and Ponyo is a heartfelt coming-of-age drama called From Up on Poppy Hill. A tender and often playful story with no fantasy elements at all, Poppy Hill isn't a movie for small kids, who wouldn't be able to follow its emotional narrative or subtle but sometimes complex ins and outs. But the film is perfect for the age group it depicts: older kids and teens -- and, of course, any adult who knows the kind of nuance and beauty that Studio Ghibli is capable of producing. The story concerns a 16-year-old girl named Umi, who lives in the port city of Yokohama in 1964 Japan. Umi works hard before and after school to help her grandmother run the boarding house she and her younger sister Sora share with her while their mother finishes her medical degree in America, and though they lost their father during the Korean War, the strong women who board at their modest house provide warmth and support as the girls navigate their teen years. However, still grieving in her own quiet way, Umi continues to raise the signal flags outside of their house every day, wishing her father "safe voyages" even though the message is, at this point, something of a spiritual gesture. One day, Umi reads an anonymous poem in the school newspaper describing a tremendous love and affection for a girl who raises signal flags every day. Could it be from a secret admirer? She soon finds herself drawn to a classmate named Shun, who is one of the many boys who enthusiastically run a wide variety of academic activities at the huge, run-down clubhouse next door to the school. Their connection is so strong that Umi suspects he wrote the poem. But just as their magical spark promises to heal the wound still left from the loss of her father, Shun sees a photo of Umi's dad and is shocked to discover that it's the same picture depicting his birth father that his adoptive parents showed him. Could they be brother and sister? Does this puzzling development explain their connection or negate it? This plot twist sounds a little tawdry, but it's not. It's made abundantly clear in the story that Japan, despite fostering a culture of such fierce integrity and accountability among its young people, has only recently recovered from being hobbled by nearly ten years of war. The conflicts devastated many families as children were orphaned and deprivation increased the rates of infant mortality. This lends the film a heartening undercurrent about the importance of honoring the good things from our past even when we wish to leave the bad things behind, and allows the story to play out without any threat of it feeling like a soap opera. The movie was co-written by Ghibli genius Hayao Miyazaki, but it was directed by his son Goro -- who cut his teeth directing an animated adaptation of the Earthsea fantasy novels as his first assignment for Ghibli. And rest assured, the younger Miyazaki has clearly earned his stars, as Poppy Hill offers just the same intimate, ultimately life-affirming kind of storytelling we've come to expect from the family name. The movie is also absolutely beautiful, depicting every scene with a gorgeous attention to light and texture that reminds you just how magical old-fashioned cell drawings can be -- particularly when they come from one of the most indisputably talented families in animation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • UPC: 767685294178
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / 2 PACK
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,695

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Bolger Voice Only
Masami Nagasawa Voice Only, Voice Only
Junichi Okada Voice Only, Voice Only
Isabelle Fuhrman Voice Only
Keiko Takeshita Voice Only, Voice Only
Haruza Shiraishi Voice Only
Anton Yelchin Voice Only
Christina Hendricks Voice Only
Gillian Anderson Voice Only
Yuriko Ishida Voice Only
Alex Wolff Voice Only
Raymond Ochoa Voice Only
Tsubasa Kobayashi Voice Only
Aubrey Plaza Voice Only
Rumi Hiiragi Voice Only
Chris Noth Voice Only
Nao Omori Voice Only
Jeff Dunham Voice Only
Emily Osment Voice Only
Jamie Lee Curtis Voice Only
Jun Fubuki Voice Only
Bruce Dern Voice Only
Takashi Naito Voice Only
Beau Bridges Voice Only
Teruyuki Kagawa Voice Only
Charlie Saxton Voice Only
Shunsuke Kazama Voice Only
Ron Howard Voice Only
Jake Steinfeld Voice Only
Emily Bridges Voice Only
Technical Credits
Goro Miyazaki Director
Koji Kasamatsu Sound/Sound Designer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Robyn Klein Co-producer
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Hayao Miyazaki Screenwriter
Keiko Niwa Screenwriter
Kamon Oba Art Director
Atsushi Okui Cinematographer
Takashi Omori Art Director
Tetsuro Sayama Producer
Toshio Suzuki Producer
Chizuru Takahashi Producer
Yohei Takamatsu Art Director
Satoshi Takebe Score Composer
Geoffrey Wexler Producer
Noboru Yoshida Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- From Up on Poppy Hill
1. Raising Flags [3:04]
2. Thoughts To The Sky [3:04]
3. Old Clubhouse [4:10]
4. Hop On [6:32]
5. Big Debate [8:07]
6. My Father [4:21]
7. Cleaning Up [7:59]
8. Just Friends [7:50]
9. Emergency Meeting [9:06]
10. Tokyo [6:31]
11. Our Past [6:15]
12. Legacy [5:58]
13. Chapter 13 [7:40]
14. Chapter 14 [9:37]
15. Chapter 15 [4:09]
16. Chapter 16 [4:09]
Disc #2 -- From Up on Poppy Hill: Bonus Disc
1. Chapter 1 [5:08]
2. Chapter 2 [5:40]
3. Chapter 3 [6:47]
1. Chapter 1 [2:41]
2. Chapter 2 [4:52]
3. Chapter 3 [4:44]
4. Chapter 4 [10:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- From Up on Poppy Hill
   Play Film
   Scenes
   Storyboards
   Setup
      Audio
         English 5.0
         Japanese 5.0
      English Subtitles
         English Language Cast: On
         Original Cast: On
         Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- From Up on Poppy Hill: Bonus Disc
   Play All
   Extras
      Director Goro Miyazaki On Yokohama
         Chapters
            Play
      Yokohama-Stories Of The Past And Present
         Chapters
            Play
      "Summer Of Farewells" Music Video
      English Voice Cast Featurette
      Japanese Trailers And Teasers
      US Trailer
      More Animation From GKIDS
         Play All
         The Painting
         The Secret Of Kells
         Chico & Rita
         A Cat In Paris
         Tales Of The Night
         The Rabbi's Cat
   Setup
      English Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    This is a really good movie. if you're a fan on Japanese animati

    This is a really good movie. if you're a fan on Japanese animation, and Miyazaki and or his son, this movie is recommended for you. 

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