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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

Kokuriko-zaka kara (original title)
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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.

Director:

Gorô Miyazaki

Writers:

Tetsurô Sayama (original story), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masami Nagasawa ... Umi Matsuzaki (voice)
Jun'ichi Okada Jun'ichi Okada ... Shun Kazama / Yuichiro Sawamura (voice)
Keiko Takeshita Keiko Takeshita ... Hana Matsuzaki (voice)
Yuriko Ishida ... Miki Hokuto (voice)
Rumi Hiiragi ... Sachiko Hirokôji (voice)
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Ryoko Matsuzaki (voice)
Takashi Naitô Takashi Naitô ... Yoshio Onodera (voice)
Shunsuke Kazama Shunsuke Kazama ... Shirô Mizunuma / Hiroshi Tachibana (voice)
Nao Ohmori ... Akio Kazama (voice) (as Nao Ômori)
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Tokumaru Rijichô (voice)
Haruka Shiraishi Haruka Shiraishi ... Sora Matsuzaki (voice)
Tsubasa Kobayashi Tsubasa Kobayashi ... Riku Matsuzaki (voice)
Alex Wolff ... Riku Matsuzaki (voice)
Bridget Hoffman ... Yuko (voice)
Aoi Teshima Aoi Teshima ... Yuko (voice)
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 July 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

From Up on Poppy Hill See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,585, 17 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,002,895

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$61,037,844
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When traveling to Tokyo, the famous red-white Tokyo Tower landmark can be seen in the distance. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Shun Kazama: There's no future for people who worship the future, and forget the past.
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Crazy Credits

When Umi and Shun board the ship to find out the truth about their parentage, there is a shot that shows a red sign saying "Ghibli" on the front of the ship. See more »


Soundtracks

Kon'iro no Uneri ga
Music by Hiroko Taniyama
Arranged by Satoshi Takebe
Lyrics by Gorô Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki and Hiroko Taniyama
Performed by Aoi Teshima
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Miyazaki replaces fantasy with realism in deeply moving film
24 March 2013 | by angeleno34See all my reviews

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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