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on 27 September 2013
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 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.
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on 17 January 2014
This movie takes a very different road to what you would normally expect in the Ghibli Genre, especially under the Miyazaki's influence which usually include elements of magic, but despite being a slice of life the story is heartwarming with the right amount of unnerving moments to keep your heartbeat going. Brilliant film and highly reccomended, its comes in a box-like case as well which is unique.
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on 4 February 2017
I was nervous at first to watch what i thought was mostly a normal Studio Ghibli film, but it still has the Ghibli charm, a very nice story, great characters who you get engaged with and make a nice connection to, and as always, great quality and care has been put into the movie :)
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on 2 November 2016
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! I think it's definitely one of my favourite Ghibli's, it's easy going, visually stunning and the characters are adorable.
Anton Yelchin's voice I recognised instantly, I loved him in the Star Trek reboots and find that his voice fits Shun's character well!
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on 13 April 2016
An excellent film, Goro Miyazaki's first feature (Tales from Earthsea) was seen as a flop, however, he has certainly pulled back his father's heritage with this gem. This enchanting film leaves you in empathy for characters at all times as they face real problems, the audience is constantly left with lots of exciting cliffhanger moments, and the film comes with a classic Ghibli warm and reassuring ending.
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on 4 October 2017
A great story in great quality. Arrived in good time and condition.
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on 17 May 2014
I was - as I always am - very impressed with this offering from the Ghibli studio though I do, however, feel that it wasn't quite as good as previous offerings.

The art and animation was brilliant, but the story was predictable and lacking in some way, with the whole film seeming as though it was just a little rushed.

The DVD itself is standard for the Studio Canal series, with a reasonable amount of special features but nothing that really wows. I can't speak for the quality of the English audio track but the Japanese Audio/English subs were definitely up to standard.

In all, this was by no means a disappointment; the art was beautiful and the story incredibly heartfelt despite its brevity.
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on 16 October 2013
For those who know Studio Ghibli films, there's no need for a review. It's just the same storytelling magic, which can be appreciated equally well by children and adults. If you have not yet encountered these animation masterpieces, Poppy Hill is a great place to start.

There are other animations in similar style - check those by Makoto Shinkai, Mai Mai Miracle (strangely not easily available in UK), and the more grownup thrillers from Satoshi Kon.
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on 28 February 2015
An excellent Ghibli animation, and nearly up there with my favourite, 'Only Yesterday'.

For me, the artwork really takes centre stage, as scenes of Yokohama in the early 1960s are brought to life so vividly, in a way that only Miyazaki can do. The DVD has some extras - I quite enjoyed that comparing footage Yokohama today with Yokohama approximately 50 years ago.
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on 3 December 2013
This might be quite biased: I adore all films made by Ghibli, and this is no exception!

From Up on Poppy Hill is a very relateable, cute story of first love and *no spoilers here* actually made me question my own morals on some rather taboo subjects (by today's standards anyway). The art, music, characters and story are very beautiful and is a firm favourite on my DVD shelf at home! :)
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