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From Up on Poppy Hill -- 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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Release Date:
16 July 2011 (Japan) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Masami Nagasawa ... Umi Matsuzaki (voice: Japanese version)
Jun'ichi Okada ... Shun Kazama / Yuichiro Sawamura (voice: Japanese version)
Keiko Takeshita ... Hana Matsuzaki (voice: Japanese version)
Yuriko Ishida ... Miki Hokuto (voice: Japanese version)
Rumi Hiiragi ... Sachiko Hirokôji (voice: Japanese version)
Jun Fubuki ... Ryoko Matsuzaki (voice: Japanese version)
Takashi Naitô ... Yoshio Onodera (voice: Japanese version)
Shunsuke Kazama ... Shirô Mizunuma / Hiroshi Tachibana (voice: Japanese version)
Nao Ômori ... Akio Kazama (voice: Japanese version)

Teruyuki Kagawa ... Tokumaru rijichô (voice: Japanese version)
Haruka Shiraishi ... Sora Matsuzaki (voice: Japanese version)
Tsubasa Kobayashi ... Riku Matsuzaki (voice: Japanese version)

Alex Wolff ... Riku Matsuzaki (voice: English version)
Bridget Hoffman ... Yuko (voice: English version)
Aoi Teshima ... Yuko (voice: Japanese version)

Elisa Gabrielli ... Saori Makimura (voice: English version)
Toshimi Kanno ... Nobuko Yokoyama (voice: Japanese version)

Jeff Dunham ... Gen (voice: English version)
Goro Miyazaki ... World History Teacher (voice: Japanese version)
Eiko Kanazawa ... Saori Makimura (voice: Japanese version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gillian Anderson ... Miki Hokuto (voice: English version)

Stephen Apostolina ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Fumihiro Awano ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Kirk Baily ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Sarah Bolger ... Umi Matsuzaki (voice: English version)

Beau Bridges ... Chairman Tokumaru (voice: English version)

Emily Bridges ... Tokumaru's assistant (voice: English version)
Kenta Chabana ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Yûsuke Chiba ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)

Robert Clotworthy ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

David Cowgill ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Ryoko Matsuzaki (voice: English version)

Bruce Dern ... Yoshio Onodera (voice: English version)

Holly Dorff ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Holly Dorff Long)
Moosie Drier ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Ronan Farrow ... World History Teacher (voice: English version)
Eddie Frierson ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Isabelle Fuhrman ... Sora Matsuzaki (voice: English version)
Kazuma Fuji ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Kôdai Fujigawa ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Daisuke Fujita ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Jackie Gonneau ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Megumi Han ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Daisuke Harada ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Shunsuke Haseyama ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)

Christina Hendricks ... Saori Makimura (voice: English version)

Richard Steven Horvitz ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Richard Horvitz)

Ron Howard ... Philosophy Club President (voice: English version)
Keisuke Ishida ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Hikaru Ishiguro ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Ayako Ito ... Tokumaru's Assistant (voice: Japanese version)
Yoshiaki Kameda ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Hiroyuki Kamikawaji ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Takashi Kamino ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Ayaka Kanematsu ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Ippei Kanie ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Mitsuru Kato ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Keisuke Kikuchi ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Akira Kiyama ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Masayuki Kizu ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Taku Kunimatsu ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)

Hope Levy ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Issei Maeda ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Yoshihiko Manabe ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Yuko Masuoka ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Katsuhisa Matsuo ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Shinpei Midori ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Edie Mirman ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Tomomi Miyashita ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Takashi Morooka ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Yoshihiko Murayama ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Hitoshi Nagao ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Tye Nielsen ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Nobito Nishioka ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)

Chris Noth ... Akio Kazama (voice: English version)

Raymond Ochoa ... Riku Matsuzaki (voice: English version)

Emily Osment ... Nobuko Yokoyama (voice: English version)

Aubrey Plaza ... Sachiko Hirokôji (voice: English version)
Hunter Rogers ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Senjirô Sakai ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Yuko Sakato ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Shunsuke Sato ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)

Charlie Saxton ... Shiro Mizunuma (voice: English version)
Shohei Shimada ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Keigo Shimizu ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Sachi Shimoike ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Yoshinari Shirozen ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Takayuki Sorita ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Kazuki Souma ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Warren Sroka ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Jake Steinfeld ... Fish Seller (voice: English version)
John Storey ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as John C. Storey)
Daisuke Sugaya ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Keiko Sugiura ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Yoji Tachibana ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Shintarô Takatsuka ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Naoki Tamanoi ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Hiroki Tanaka ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Takahiro Terao ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)

Byron Thames ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Shinsuke Ueda ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)
Aoi Watanabe ... Young Umi (voice)
Madeleine Whittle ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Madeleine Elizabeth Whittle)
Tomonori Yanagibashi ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)

Anton Yelchin ... Shun Kazama (voice: English version)
Yoshihiko Yoshizawa ... Additional Voices (voice: Japanese version)

David Zyler ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Goro Miyazaki 
 
Writing credits
Tetsurô Sayama (original story)

Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay) and
Keiko Niwa (screenplay)

Tetsurô Sayama  comic
Chizuru Takahashi  comic

Produced by
Nobuo Kawakami .... executive producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... executive producer (english version)
Robyn Klein .... co-producer (english version)
Frank Marshall .... executive producer (english version)
Tetsurô Sayama .... producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Chizuru Takahashi .... producer
Geoffrey Wexler .... producer (english version)
 
Original Music by
Satoshi Takebe 
 
Cinematography by
Atsushi Okui 
 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
 
Art Direction by
Kamon Oba 
Takashi Omori 
Yohei Takamatsu 
Noboru Yoshida 
 
Sound Department
Brian Chumney .... dialogue editor (english version)
Koji Kasamatsu .... sound (as Kôji Kasamatsu)
Eriko Kimura .... voice recording director
Kevin McAlpine .... sound recordist
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... supervising sound editor (english version)
 
Animation Department
Hiroyuki Aoyama .... key animator
Shigeru Fujita .... key animator
Taichi Furumata .... key animator
Makiko Futaki .... key animator
Hideki Hamazu .... key animator
Takashi Hashimoto .... key animator
Shunsuke Hirota .... supervising animator
Takeshi Honda .... key animator
Takeshi Imamura .... supervising animator
Ei Inoue .... key animator
Megumi Kagawa .... key animator
Katsuya Kondô .... animation director
Katsuya Kondô .... character designer
Kitarô Kôsaka .... animation director (as Kitaro Kousaka)
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Sachiko Sugino .... key animator
Atsuko Tanaka .... key animator
Atsushi Yamagata .... animation director
Hirômi Yamakawa .... key animator (as Hiroomi Yamakawa)
Akihiko Yamashita .... animation director
Hiromasa Yonebayashi .... key animator
 
Casting Department
Holly Dorff .... adr voice casting
 
Music Department
Tomoyuki Asakawa .... musician: harp
Naoko Ishibashi .... musician: violin
Luana Jackman .... vocal contractor
Hitoshi Konno .... musician: violin
Machi Okabe .... musician: violin
Sachie Onuma .... musician: viola
Masahiko Todo .... musician: violin
Tomomi Tokunaga .... musician: violin
Naomi Urushibara .... musician: violin
Takahiro Yuki .... musician: cello
 
Transportation Department
Christian Klein .... head of transportation
 
Other crew
Steve Alpert .... overseas promotion manager (as Stephen Alpert)
Karey Kirkpatrick .... english adaptation
Eric Ladd .... title designer
Mike Lane .... client service
Hayao Miyazaki .... planning
Gary Rydstrom .... voice director
 
Thanks
Eric Beckman .... special thanks
Melissa Berger .... special thanks
Bhavagna Bhattiprolu .... special thanks
Susie Boyajan .... special thanks
David Freedman .... special thanks
Jenna Gambaro .... special thanks
David Jesteadt .... special thanks
Elyse Klaits .... special thanks
Tina Morris .... special thanks
Jim Nicolay .... special thanks
Mary Radford .... special thanks
Erin Reilly .... special thanks
Billy Reuben .... special thanks
Cynthia Schneider .... special thanks
Joshua Teagarden .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kokuriko-zaka kara" - Japan (original title)
"From Kokuriko Hill" - International (English title) (informal literal English title)
"From Poppy Hill" - Japan (English title) (short title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some incidental smoking images
Runtime:
91 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When traveling to Tokyo, the famous red-white Tokyo Tower landmark can be seen in the distance.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Although the movie takes place in the early 1960s, the "Coke" sign over the store (at around 6 mins) has a swoosh. That didn't become part of the Coca-Cola logo until 1969.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Two People (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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40 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
A breezy, enjoyable film lacking the detail and depth of Ghibli's finest, 10 October 2011
Author: kjihwan from South Korea

Such is the greatness of Ghibli's backlog that each new release cannot hope to escape comparison with the old favourites. It has now been a full decade since the last truly great movie from the studio ('Spirited Away') and nine years since the last purely enjoyable one ('The Cat Returns'). All movies since had their moments, but their uneven quality whether it was a full-fledged fantasy like Howl's Moving Castle (2004) or more sedate affairs like last year's The Secret World of Arrietty (2010) did not make it easy for Ghibli's devoted following to love them unreservedly. Miyazaki Hayao's son, Goro, made his debut with Tales from Earthsea (2006), which wasn't received very well, prompting some to question whether Ghibli's future would be secure after Miyazaki Senior's inevitable final retirement. From Up on Poppy Hill is Goro's second feature, and while it is an accessible and enjoyable effort, it lacks the kind of profound detail and nostalgia that made Only Yesterday (1991) and Whisper of the Heart (1995) so special.

Set in Yokohama, Japan just before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Poppy Hill tells the story of Umi, a second-year high school girl who lives and works at a tenant house run by her grandmother. Her father was a sailor who was lost at sea during the Korean War and presumed dead; her mother is studying in the US and thus also an absent figure for Umi. Every morning she raises signal flags out on the garden which overlooks the ocean as a way to remember her lost father, before embarking on a daily routine rigidly structured around school and the chores she must perform at her home. One day she runs into a reckless, dashing senior named Shun, and soon allows her life to open up to the optimism and energy of the teen idealists who occupy Quartier Latin, a dilapidated school clubhouse where the more intellectually-disposed male students have set up various headquarters for their extracurricular activities. Umi helps out Shun with his newspaper printing, and ends up fighting alongside him and the occupants of the clubhouse to save Quartier Latin against the forces of change which holds sway in Japan. Meanwhile, unforeseen revelations about their families' past force Umi and Shun, who are increasingly drawn to each other, to reconsider their feelings.

The real-world setting and small-scale drama of Poppy Hill place the film in that category of the more contemplative and tranquil Ghibli animation alongside Only Yesterday and Whisper, but it doesn't come close to joining the two in the pantheon of the studio's most beloved hits. What those two movies did was to depict the everyday routine and the smallest trivial action with the same affection and wonder, not to mention painstaking detail, as it did flying dragons and wolf-gods; Ghibli treated things like sharpening a pencil or coming home after school like they were the most special things in the world, deserving of care and skill and attention - only we don't realize it. Only Yesterday and Whisper continue to resonate with their audience because they endeavoured to draw fantasy not from the outlandish but from the mundane, the normal, the everyday. They stand apart from the role-playing wish-fulfillment of countless animes and the likes of Harry Potter and The Matrix and suggest in their inimitable, tender way that we should treasure the lives we lead now, that they deserve the same kind of longing and wonder, and hinted at worthwhile fulfillment within real means.

Sadly, there's no such transcendental detail and affection in Poppy Hill nor the kind of daring whimsy which so invigorated classics like My Neighbour Totoro (1988) and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989). Thematically it's cookie-cutter safe, despite the fact that the post-war Japan about to begin a miraculous industrial rise would seem to be a rare and ripe backdrop for a more tellingly contextual study of a time of great change in Japanese society and the place in it for the young people and their environment that are drawn so handsomely in the film. There's great energy in Miyazaki's depiction of the students fighting to save the clubhouse due to make way for a more modern building, and the period detail of rural Yokohama as well as (more briefly) Tokyo in the throes of transformation is nicely realized and easily the best thing about the film. However, Miyazaki stops well short of dealing with the teen would-be activists and what they really represent: a poignant reminder of a lost generation of young Japanese idealists who ended up conforming to the overwhelming preponderance of materialism and political stagnation which came to define the rise of a new Japan in the Seventies and Eighties, and who would never again manage to bring to bear the sort of vigilant activism displayed in Poppy Hill.

Its breezy style is more reminiscent of The Cat Returns, but while that film was a concentrated distillation of the usual flight of fancy the studio specialized in and was aimed to literally take the audience on a short, thrilling ride, 'Poppy Hill' would have benefited from a more patient and intricate approach. There's certainly enjoyable set-pieces, like the girls cleaning up the dungeon-like school clubhouse which hitherto had been the exclusive domain of boys, or Umi going about her daily routine of grocery shopping and cooking for the students tenanting at her grandmother's house, but Miyazaki doesn't seem to have the confidence or patience to linger on each scene and let us observe what implications a country in transformation have on Umi; we just watch her get into one brief situation after another, few of which are compelling in plot or presentation, and then the film is over. Poppy Hill is certainly a diverting fare, endearing in places and easy to like, but it is in no way a return to form for the studio, and small improvement for the would-be pretender to Miyazaki Senior's throne.

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