- Directors: Goro Miyazaki
- Producers: Tetsurô Sayama, Toshio Suzuki, Chizuru Takahashi, Geoffrey Wexler
- Format: PAL
- Language: Japanese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: U
- Studio: Studiocanal
- DVD Release Date: 23 Sept. 2013
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00D48ZQ9A
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,438 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
From Up On Poppy Hill [DVD]
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From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo, Arrietty) comes From Up on Poppy Hill, the uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition.
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The plot centres around the activities of various young people, and their attempts to prevent their old clubhouse from being demolished to make way for a new one. The children are perceptively observed and inhabit a rich environment of beautiful artwork with marvellous attention to detail. There is considerable humour in this story, and some fascinating observations of ordinary Japanese culture. Do they really keep vegetables under the floorboards? The screenplay and direction is gentle and sympathetic and the apparently unremarkable story is raised out of the mundane by good dialogue and believable characters, whilst a romantic relationship with a twist develops between the two main protagonists.
Needless to say, this charming film is quite suitable for all ages. Studio Ghibli has done it again.
The film's main storyline is about how someone is answering a young girl's signal flags of which she raises everyday outside her boarding house.
At first it seems to be a straightforward boy-meets-girl scenario, but it definitely is not the case. There's a surprising amount of twists and bumps along the way, of which left me wide open of thought afterwards. The movie overall was adorable, I thought the music was outstanding and Aoi Teshima's gorgeous voice of whom sang Therru's song in Tales from Earthsea returns. The use of Sukiyaki, the only Japanese song to reach #1 in America, I thought was a nice touch too. The animation is what you expect from Ghibli, lovely hand drawn animation that goes to show that CGI hasn't killed it off just yet. I just hope we receive a Blu-ray version of the DVD to do the movie justice.
Overall, once again Studio Ghibli produces an unorthodox movie in the romance genre, proving that film makers do not have to follow the traditional formula to make a good film. It seems the future of Ghibli is in good hands after all.
**EDIT** September 1st, Hayao Miyazaki announces his retirement, it seems the gauntlet has officially been passed onto his son and Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Director of Arrietty), though now we can finally sigh in relief!
PS, photo is for Hecate, who wondered in her review whether Japanese really store vegetables in the floor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story's illustrations style remind us of Totoro, me and my family really enjoy this beautiful story. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Strangely much higher quality than the other 2 disk Ghibli Collection films I've bought so it stands out in my collection, though thats not necessarily a bad thing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Everyone hates Goro's first Ghibli venture, Tales from Earthsea, but I love it so it comes as no surprise that I love this film too! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Charlotte Sutton
Item arrived just a few days after purchasing. Haven't watched it yet, the only thing when it was delivered was the discs were not fitted in the holders and were sliding all inside... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kitty Kat
One of my fabs from studio ghibli, not as famous as others but a true slice of life jewelPublished 9 months ago by Marina