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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

There's a French theme in this movie. The clubhouse Quartier Latin refers to the Latin Quarter in Paris. On one of the desks, there's a French-Japanese dictionary. Umi's nickname is Mer, both of which means "sea" in Japanese and French respectively. Poppy Hill is supposed to be named Coquelicot Hill, coquelicot being French for "poppy". Both Poppy and Mer were removed from the official English subtitles for the movie. 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

Sayonara no Natsu ~Kokuriko-zaka kara~
("Summer of Goodbyes ~From up on Poppy Hill~")
(1976)
Lyrics by Yukiko Marimura
Composed by Kôichi Sakata
Arranged by Satoshi Takebe
Sung by Aoi Teshima
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It's no Spirited Away, but still good
15 November 2012 | by tuomas_gimliSee all my reviews

From up on Poppy Hill is a deserving addition to the Ghibli library. It's sweet, small and relatable. The manga-based script is written by Hayao Miyazaki himself, while his son Goro is directing this time.

Poppy Hill is slightly different from the more known Ghibli films in the fact that it takes place completely in the real world and there's not even the slightest hint of anything supernatural. It makes it a different kind of film, so I would recommend placing your expectations outside the Totoro/Ponyo/Spirited Away territory.

Once you settle into the setting, the movie offers a good time: the characters are colourful (especially the philosophy guy, he was hilarious!) and relatable and the simplicity and down to earth feel of the story prevents the film from getting out of hand. The romance doesn't feel forced in any way and there are many heartwarming moments. By the end I was just smiling and left the theater with a warm feel inside.

The movie has some issues that keep it outside of greatness status. The animation isn't bad, but certainly not the level we've come to expect (this might be partly because the film was in production when the 2011 tsunami hit, so it's understandable). The story takes a while to get going, and also I found the music almost interrupting at times. I wonder how the sound mixing went because at times the music felt almost too loud.

But in the end Poppy Hill is a very enjoyable film. It takes a while to get going, but it gives it the advantage of getting better and better as it progresses.

Recommendation: For Ghibli fans and newcomers alike From up on Poppy Hill offers a heartwarming feel-good film that will bring a smile to your face. Definitely worth seeing


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