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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
"Kokuriko-zaka kara" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Drama, Family  |  16 July 2011 (Japan)
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A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

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Umi Matsuzaki (voice)
Jun'ichi Okada ...
Shun Kazama / Yuichiro Sawamura (voice)
Keiko Takeshita ...
Hana Matsuzaki (voice)
Yuriko Ishida ...
Miki Hokuto (voice)
Rumi Hiiragi ...
Jun Fubuki ...
Ryoko Matsuzaki (voice)
Takashi Naitô ...
Yoshio Onodera (voice)
Shunsuke Kazama ...
Shirô Mizunuma / Hiroshi Tachibana (voice)
Nao Ômori ...
Akio Kazama (voice)
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Tokumaru rijichô (voice)
Haruka Shiraishi ...
Sora Matsuzaki (voice)
Tsubasa Kobayashi ...
Riku Matsuzaki (voice)
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Riku Matsuzaki (voice)
Bridget Hoffman ...
Yuko (voice)
Aoi Teshima ...
Yuko (voice)
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A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some incidental smoking images | See all certifications »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$57,585 (USA) (15 March 2013)

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$1,000,878 (USA) (14 June 2013)
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The three siblings (Riku, Umi, and Sora) mean "Land, sea, and air" in Japanese. See more »

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Decent addition to the Ghibli canon
2 November 2012 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

Having seen Tales from Earthsea, I wasn't expecting much from this film, although it had garnered some positive feedback. Goro Miyazaki had already shown us that he didn't share his father's magical touch, creative ingenuity and ability to tell timeless stories. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Though to be fair, the story was written by Hayao Miyazaki so at least part of the film's quality can be attributed to him and not his son.

Still, Goro Miyazaki DID direct this film and with it he proves that he actually has some promise as a film artist. This is a delightful little film about young love, willingness to endure through hardship and the importance of trying even when it seems pointless. It's a story told well, with beautiful animation, identifiable and likable characters and many scenes that have stuck with me since then. The story of two young people in love and all the obstacles in their way is one that has been told countless times, but the version of this film is one of better ones I've seen. It's not flamboyant, neither is it too sweet or too clinical, rather it feels real. Sure it's a bit extraordinary, like a good story should be, but it still feels like I could learn something from it.

So yes, the story and the characters are the best part of this film, for which we have to thank pappa Miyazaki, but I liked the contributions of the son as well. The atmosphere, the mood of the film, the feeling of mid-century Japan, the way all the characters interacted with each other. As stated before, it all felt just extraordinary enough to catch our interest, but not too much so that it became unbelievable.

Though, in retrospect, I cannot say that I felt like I had seen something groundbreaking when I walked out of the theater. It is a fine movie by all accounts and Studio Ghibli can be proud to call it one of theirs, but it lacked that certain spark that all great films have. In that one singular aspect this film just wasn't all that extraordinary. It doesn't mean that you should see it, though, far from it. It's a film with heart, feeling and passion. It has cheer, humour and melodrama to spare and it will make you feel good, like a family film should.


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