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Now, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) is one film by Gorō Miyazaki that I
could ungrudgingly accept that it is a box office success as it was
pretty enjoyable. Indeed, the script is made of simple scenes and lines
but it does not lack its own charm. I watched the original Japanese
A dramatic slice of life and coming of age kind of film with several serious themes and unexpected twists which can be funny or lovely at times, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) is generally nice. Although the story may feel too slow paced for some, to me it looks a little too fast moving as many of the scenes are very brief. They could have been developed. Still, love the music and the storyline is quite fresh!
In short, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) is not bad. The twists confuse me at first but when those complicated scenes sort out themselves, they are actually quite hilarious. The major themes include anti demolition, team work, preserving traditional values and fighting for what you love. The message is quite deep coming from teenager's setting but that is all due the characters being so passionate.
PS. So glad that the director did not give up after his infamous first and have improved since!!
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