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5.0 out of 5 stars A simply wonderful film.
This is about as far from an action film as you can get. However, there are plenty of other productions which will give you as much action and fantasy as you want, whereas a story which simply portrays the lives of ordinary Japanese people with such charm and sensitivity is quite rare, and few do it better than Ghibli.
The plot centres around the activities of...
Published 17 months ago by S. J. Fisher

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not one of their best
From Up On Poppy Hill is a heartwarming and entertaining effort from Goyo Miyazaki but I don't feel it lives up to the standard of many of Studio Ghibli's classics. There's something about the storyline that just didn't have the kind of emotional attachment I got watching their other films, even newer ones like Ponyo or Arrietty. They may not be believable stories like...
Published 13 months ago by Jamie Pankhurst


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5.0 out of 5 stars 1960's Japan, 16 Nov. 2014
Beautifully crafted movie, stunning artwork of 1960's Japan infused with a vivid culture. Touching storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 29 Sept. 2014
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Not as good as other similar films - storyline is a bit dull - beautiful animation though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Jan. 2015
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Love it, recommend buying it especially if you like Whisper of the Heart (Studio Ghibli)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 Sept. 2014
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Enjoyed and glad its not the last from H M. Looking forward to Wind Rises soon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy., 31 July 2014
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Received in a decent time, top quality like all Ghlibli films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Usual Magic!, 9 Feb. 2015
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For Ghibli fans! An exceptionally good film of the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Feb. 2015
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Lovely film. Such a cute story. Highly recommendable!
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Up on Poppy Hill, 16 Dec. 2013
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K. R. Donnan "Kieran Donnan" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Since watching Goro Miyazaki's initial effort at directing with Studio Ghibli it has not seemed as though it has dated, though the effort made was such a sprawl of visual ideas that they represented a miasma of the Greek kind, consuming, becoming formless and unrecognisable. It would have been difficult for such a serene animation studio to weave Goro Miyazaki's visions together and what was left was something fleeting of what was meant, so unlike the reflective portrayals of Hayao Miyazaki, whether the overwhelming castle with a life of its own or the character without a face in Spirited Away. Yet there were details, tiny correspondences of director with studio back then, so it was almost expected that the younger Miyazaki would soften these visual ambitions so well in the future.

As always the stories of Studio Ghibli are part of concerted effort to harmonize, create magic in sequence, and having a keen visionary to steer the lush settings of the studio is vital, much like the raised flags of this film, routinely drawn up to drawn attention, create rhythm and a sense of permanence and flow in the film. These subtle little motifs are drawn through the film, soundtracked with light yet upbeat music and the film has a softer texture, seems to glow and carry the animators' and artists works with a wonderful finesse which allows for the film to continue colourfully, vibrantly, despite that there may be not very much happening at all. Just as in other Ghibli productions, the beauty is in the minutae and details and, following the depth of landscape in Ponyo and Howl's Moving Castle, there is so much more focus on what in real life is unnoticeable, reproduced and interpreted with youth and vivid imagination.

As a second film by Goro Miyazaki, there is little story to tell but in the minor details, and the film directs itself rather towards celebration or images, tastes, textures and the abilities and senses of the studio's artists themselves. By straying so far from the grand and mythical ideas of Tales of Earthsea, Miyazaki has found his way home, into the sublime celebrations of hand drawings, eyes lit up at the celebration even of the art within the film, bringing senses of taste in depictions of food, dinner parties outside in the overhanging leaves outside. For his second production, Miyazaki has seemed to realise that it is just as powerful to do very little but see much as it is to do much and see nothing at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars <3, 12 Nov. 2014
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Ghibli fan, so whatever I say here will be biased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Jan. 2015
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Beautiful story and animation - didn't disappoint
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