From up on Poppy Hill

From up on Poppy Hill

DVD - 2013
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In the year 1963 in Yokohama, an innocent romance blossoms between two high school students, Umi and Shun. As Japan recovers from World War II and prepares to host the 1964 Olympics, the mood contains both optimism and conflict as the younger generation struggles to escape the shackles of the past. While trying to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, the relationship flourishes. But a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.
Publisher: [United States] : GKIDS, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD WORLD CINEMA FRO
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (91 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Oct 22, 2017

Even minor-key Studio Ghibli films like this are just so lovely and warm-hearted.

VaughanPLKarenL Jan 11, 2017

Yes, the teens are trying to save their school clubhouse, but it would be doing this film a disservice if nothing else were to be said about the relationships between the characters living in post-war Japan, which is where From Up On Poppy Hill truly shines. The dynamic between the two leads, while it doesn't send your heart racing, is lovely in its slow and gentle progression. Even the introduction of what I think is the main issue (as opposed to the demolition of the clubhouse), which I won't spoil here, is presented quietly and dealt with by the characters in much the same way. It is a slow film overall, without any particular spikes as far as action goes, so do keep in mind that if you're looking for a fast-paced movie, this is most likely not it for you (right now).

Dec 09, 2016

Pretty weak on the tear jerk scale for a Ghibli Studios flick.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Rather unmagical compared to what I've come to expect from Studio Ghibli. It's probably unfair to compare Goro Miyazaki's work with his father's, but the similarities bring such comparisons to the forefront. It wasn't bad, but nothing about it really stood out to me. I barely remember the story or the characters.

And it needed a cat or two.

Jan 16, 2016

I agree with creative_nature. This movie was amazing. Had my heart racing the whole entire time.

Jan 15, 2016

Studio Ghibli has done it once again. They have made a beautiful and memorable movie that has touched the hearts of many.

This movie was beyond amazing. The art was great, the characters were charming and the story was outstanding.

5 star movie all the way!

Dec 11, 2015

By far the best Studio Ghibli film. It was so moving and beautiful while comedic and happy at the same time. YOU NEED TO WATCH IT :D

May 09, 2015

I enjoyed watching this movie, and the art is flawless all the time. Character development could've been better, but for an hour and a half hour movie, director did a good job of placing all necessary elements in this film. The plot was very straight forward like many of other films made by Studio Ghibli. Overall, it was a soothing movie.

Apr 06, 2015

I have returned this item. Have to call to confirm of its presence.

Feb 17, 2015

A deeply touching and sweet film about growing up in a changing Japan. A subtle movie that deals with the problems of progress and the dilemmas of leaving tradition behind. It is a Studio Ghibli film, which is the same as saying that it is brilliantly animated. This is done in a traditional style of animation and not the more popular computer animation. The voice acting is superb and the film a treat. A slice of life tale unlike most other Studio Ghibli's films but a treat nonetheless for fans of animation or good storytelling.

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Jan 22, 2014

(Shun) "Oh I didn't get this from the jump; I cut myself shaving." (Umi) "Oh." (Sora) *awed fan girl voice* "He shaves!"

Jan 22, 2014

"Can I have your autograph!?" "Go ahead, Elvis."

Jan 22, 2014

"They don't call my dad the Plaster King for nothing!"

Jan 22, 2014

"Welcome to the Lit. Club. Or the Archaeology Club. Or if you read that monthly rag that we publish."

Jan 22, 2014

"Hey, check it out, X chromosome."

Jan 09, 2014

"What are girls doing here?"
"I dunno."
"Do ya think they like us?"

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