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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The three siblings (Riku, Umi, and Sora) mean "Land, sea, and sky" in Japanese. 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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Not quite one of Studio Ghibli's finest, but still a charming film
17 April 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I always have been a big fan of Studio Ghibli and of anime. From Up on Poppy Hill is not quite one of Ghibli's finest like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Grave of the Fireflies, Castle in the Sky and My Neighbour Totoro, but it is better than PomPoko and Tales from Earthsea(both are worth watching, but I only consider them decent movies). Even with the rushed ending and a twist that is a touch too cheesy, From Up on Poppy Hill is still a charming film. As to expect, the animation is fantastic, with the beautiful colours and ethereal backgrounds still evident. The music is also wonderful, it does have a pleasant lilt to it and at times reminds me of the score from Kiki's Delivery Service. The song Summer of Farewells is one of my favourite theme songs of any Ghibli. The story is one of the studio's most realistic, and it still has the heart and charm you'd expect from a Ghibli film, especially in the middle, if not quite the depth of Grave of the Fireflies for example. The script has a nice balance of humour and poignancy, it doesn't have My Neighbour Totoro's whimsy but again From Up on Poppy Hill didn't strike me as the kind of film Totoro was, and the characters are likable and engaging throughout. Overall, charming, heartfelt and very likable, Studio Ghibli may have done better but to me seeing as I have enjoyed and most of the time loved their films I don't take that as a bad thing. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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