From Up On Poppy Hill

From Up On Poppy Hill

(Kokuriko-zaka kara)
(2011)

Comedic animated drama from the renowned Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away), following a group of students attempting to prevent the ordered demolition of their school’s clubhouse. Features the voices of Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Aubrey Plaza and Anton Yelchin. Written by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro) and directed by his son Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea).... More

"Umi, a shy teenaged girl, manages a boarding house on the Yokohama seaside. Her classmate Shun, an orphan, lives with a few other students in the old high-school clubhouse, a French-style mansion that’s set to be demolished as part of the current modernisation project... As the students protest, Shun and Umi grow closer. What begins as a friendship develops into something deeper as these two lonely teenagers find a mutual understanding and trust. Yet when Shun starts to investigate his past, secrets emerge that threaten to tear the two apart." (Toronto Film Festival 2011)Hide

Flicks Review

A decade after his critically panned Tales of Earthsea, Goro Miyazaki (son of the great Hayao) has shown some noticeable improvement. Poppy Hill has plenty of charm and character, most noticeably within the students’ Tardis-like clubhouse, and I’ve always been in love with the way the animation studio presents small Japanese communities. However, it’s still a pretty standard outing, vacant of that magical Ghibli allure.


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