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From Up on Poppy Hill – review

Adapted by Hayao Miyazaki, directed by his son, Goro, this is minor but very enjoyable Ghibli

The latest Studio Ghibli animation – adapted by Hayao Miyazaki from a comic by Tetsurô Sayama, and directed by Miyazaki's son, Goro – might usefully play as the restorative half of a double-bill with the recently revived Grave of the Fireflies: it's a light, breezy 1960s-set coming-of-age tale that strives to convey something of how Japan rebuilt itself after the traumas of the second world war. The high-school romance between fatherless heroine Umi and student journalist Shun derives equally from the photo-roman and the history books; the pair's inquiries into their shared, complicated past stand for those of the entire nation. Miyazaki Jr's quietist approach leaves it looking like minor Ghibli, and will likely limit any appeal to younger viewers – there's no magic or monsters. But it nevertheless arrives with the vast reserves of patience,
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From Up on Poppy Hill review: gentle as a seaside breeze

Joyously warm and gentle… though perhaps too gentle to be entirely satisfying. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I keep waiting for another rapturous fantasy like Spirited Away or My Neighbor Tortoro from Studio Ghibli, and I keep not finding it. I didn’t find it, either, in Ghibli’s latest, From Up on Poppy Hill, a historical teen romance from director Goro Miyazaki. Based on the manga by Tetsurô Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi and adapted by Hayao Miyazaki (Goro’s dad) and Keiko Niwa, and winner of the Japanese Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, this is the tale of high-schooler Umi Matsuzaki (the voice of Sarah Bolger [The Spiderwick Chronicles] in the English-language version) in 1963 Yokohama, who is kept very busy not only with her demanding schoolwork but also
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'Arrietty' International Trailer and Teaser for Goro Miyazaki's 'Kokuriko-Zaka Kara' Manga Adaptation

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures Co-written and exec-produced by Hayao Miyazaki, we now have a new, English-language trailer for Arrietty (Kari-gurashi no Arietti), the directorial debut of Hiromasa Yonebayashi and based on Mary Norton's novel of the same name.

The story centers on a sickly little boy named Sho (voiced by Tom Holland) who comes to live with his great aunt Sadako (voiced by Carol Burnett). Seeing a cat chasing something in the bushes, he comes across a tiny borrower - so called because they 'borrow' everything they need from humans up above. She's Arrietty (voiced by Saoirse Ronan), whose mother Homily (voiced by Olivia Colman) warns her about befriending Sho, since borrowers are not supposed to be seen by humans. But Arietty disobeys her mother and becomes firm friends with Sho. Realizing they have been discovered, Arrietty's father, Pod (voiced by Mark Strong), makes plans to move out of the house.
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Trailer for Studio Ghibli and Goro Miyazaki’s Kokuriko-Zaka Kara

muhootsaver has located a teaser trailer for the upcoming new film from Studio Ghibli’s director Goro Miyazaki (son of Hayao Miyazaki). Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (コクリコ坂から) is based on a 1980s manga from Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama and will open in theaters across Japan on July 16th.

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Synopsis [via Ann]:

The manga is set in Showa 38 (1963, a year before the Tokyo Olympics) and follows the coming of age of an ordinary, pigtailed high school girl named Komatsuzaki in Yokohama, a harbor city near Tokyo. Her sailor father went missing after an accident, and her photographer mother is frequently going abroad for work. Her family now runs a lodging house. The manga recounts Komatsuzaki’s everyday life of “laughter and tears” with two boys — a school newspaper member named Shun Kazama and the student council president Mizunuma.

[via Can you Moe? & YouTube]
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