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- Adam Chitwood
Director: Yutaka Yumamoto
Running Time: 275 minutes
Extras: Episode 1 Commentary, Episode 7 Commentary,
In an alternate future humanity prefers to live its life through avatars known as Doppels. However one boy, named Claim (Kobayashi/Palencia) prefers to live life normally in a beautiful house upon a cliff, where he collects old-fashioned technology. One day Claim finds himself wrapped up in an adventure that involves a young woman and a mysterious Doppel, which leads him to the resistance, which fights against humanities reliance on Doppels.
Fractale has a unique and marvellous feel to it. The majority of the art work and the music is heavily influenced by Celtic culture. It adds an old-fashioned sense which is both calming and beautiful to look at. This is just the initial tone set, as we soon discover that »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The latest anime import from the talented team at Japan’s Studio Ghibli is a sweet, sentimental and beautifully animated coming-of-age story, set at a time when a whole country was trying to find its identity. Written by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill is a charming bit of nostalgia that should appeal to the little folks, too. It’s not among the best works of Studio Ghibli but it is a fine family film.
The underlying theme of From Up on Poppy Hill is the need to remember the past while simultaneously moving into the future. It’s therefore appropriate that this film is the product of a father-and-son team. The movie was scripted by the great Hayao Miyazaki himself, who is listed in the credits as the film’s “planner”, but it also passes the anime torch to the next generation because the film is »
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The Amherst Cinema in Amherst, Massachusetts will screen seven Studio Ghibli films, including From Up on Poppy Hill, in March-April as a part of the theater’s “Miyazaki Festival.” The festival will also screen Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away in Japanese with English subtitles.
The film follows a group of Yokohama teens in their quest against a wrecking ball that threatens to destroy their school’s clubhouse in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
North American distributor GKids has acquired the rights the film. GKids will screen the film in Los Angeles and New York on March 15th, 2013. “Big cities” will then receive the film in the following two weeks, and still more cities the week after. »
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4 items from 2013
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