A group of Yokohama students fight to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball during preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. While working there, Umi and Shun gradually attract each other, but face a sudden trial. Even so, they keep going without fleeing the difficulties of reality.Written by
When Umi Matsuzaki and Shun Kazama are embarking on the ship, there is a sign at the bottom of the wheel house (bridge) that says "Ghibli," in reference to the studio that made the film. See more »
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 »
There's no future for people who worship the future, and forget the past.
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On the philosophy two non Japanese quotes can be seen. In German "What is life without love glamour" from Friedrich Schiller is engraved. In french "I think, therefore I am" from René Descartes is show. See more »
The American version of the film has an additional tag for the end credits, listing the creators of the English dub. The style is completely different from the rest of the credits and the music is an English version of "The Indigo Waves", the choral song from the end of the film. See more »
Miyazaki replaces fantasy with realism in deeply moving film
From the moment "Up on Poppy Hill" opens, scans its world in photographic panorama, and takes you into an ordinary Japanese kitchen where early-teen Umi is preparing a meal, you sense that this will not be like any Miyazaki film that you have ever seen. Still present is the flawless Studio Ghibli animation, but all traces of fantasy are gone. Instead the film grabs your heartstrings and won't let go. It's a simple enough story, neither harrowing nor heartbreaking, but its telling is so rich and enveloping that you're quickly as close to it as if you were on the back of a careening bicycle with Umi. // Young children will be entertained by the wonderful animation and may have questions to ask about the differences between how Umi lives her daily life in 1963 Japan and how they themselves live. Anyone older than about nine will grasp the full depth of the story and will enter it through its richness and detail. If you are empathetic at all your eyes will be wet from recognition, and, often enough, from joy. See this film and hope for more like it from the new Miyazaki generation. (Note: This review is for the English-dubbed, non-subtitled version that opened in Los Angeles in late March, 2013.)
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