From Up on Poppy Hill [DVD] [2011]

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  • Release Date: 09/03/2013
  • Rating: PG
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (118 out of 122)

    Special Features


    • Feature-length storyboards
    • Celebrity cast recording featurette
    • Interview with Goro Miyazaki
    • Music video
    • Yokohama featurette
    • Original Japanese trailers and TV spots

    Synopsis


    From Up on Poppy Hill
    Set in Tokyo a few months before the 1964 Olympic Games, From Up On Poppy Hill tells the story of Umi, a teenager whose father died during wartime, a fact that causes her to shoulder much responsibility for her family's business in addition to maintaining good grades at school. Her orphan friend Shun lives in a mansion with dozens of other kids on the school grounds, and when their home is threatened by demolition, Umi and the others do their best to stop their dwelling from being destroyed. From Up On Poppy Hill is the second feature by Goro Miyazaki, the son of acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki and played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sarah Bolger
      Sarah Bolger - Umi (English language version)
    • Masami Nagasawa
      Masami Nagasawa - Umi (Japanese language version)
    • Isabelle Fuhrman
      Isabelle Fuhrman - Sora (English language version)
    • Anton Yelchin
      Anton Yelchin - Shun (English language version)
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      Junichi Okada - Shun (Japanese language version)



    Customer rating

    4.7
    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazingly realistic Ghibli film

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      Dval
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      Genre: Slice of Life, Romance Length: 91 minutes "Yokohama, 1963, Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin)- but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart." Umi and her two siblings live with their grandmother in Yokohama up on Poppy Hill. Her mother is in America pursuing her career and her father, a naval captain, has been missing ever since his supply vesel was sunk by a mine in the Korean War. Every morning, Umi raises symbol flags at the top of the hill to try to help guide her father home. Set in 1963, From Up On Poppy Hill tells the story of Umi's every day life and how a chance meeting with a daredevil boy named Shun will pull her into a brand new world. If you're familiar with other Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli films, then one thing becomes apparent right from the start with From up on Poppy Hill. This film is nothing like the others as it is heavily grounded in reality and not a fantasy movie. It's incredibly well-scripted and animated which leads to being very emotional at times. When the secret between Umi and Shun is revealed, I instantly felt my heart sink. Almost managed to pull some tears out, but not quite enough. Haven't done that since Clannad. As is the usual, there are tons of extras included here. Approximately twice the length of the movie at 3 hours worth! I watched the vast majority of them. I had to cut some short as I didn't want to spend 4.5 hours to watch everything. You should definitely watch the celebrity cast recording and the Yokohama featurette. The amount of professional actors brought on for the voice acting is amazing. Everyone did a fantastic job! And I always love to see what other places in the world are like, so being able to see Yokohama in the past and present was truely fun. There's also a small booklet from the original script that gives an overall plot for the director. You also learn that the original title was "A Hill with a Harbor View." An amazing movie in my books. I missed the local screenings of it in Nashville back in May and had been kicking myself since. Everyone should have it in their collection.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best animated film of the year

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      GreaterThanDiNozzo
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      As is the case with most Studio Ghibli releases, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL was my favorite animated film of the year. Director Goro Miyazaki will have a long struggle if he’s ever to get out of the shadow of his famous father -- considered among the greatest animation directors of all time (PIXAR’s head honcho John Lasseter is among the ardent admirers of Hayao Miyazaki’s work) -- but this film is a step in the right direction. TALES OF EARTHSEA was a lackluster directorial debut, but Goro’s second feature film really won me over. I hope we can expect more great films from him in the future. Studio Ghibli has long been associated with making fantasy films like PRINCESS MONONOKE, SPIRITED AWAY, PONYO, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, NAUSICAA, CASTLE IN THE SKY and HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE, but Hayao and company have recently decided to start to focus on telling stories set in a more reality-based world. This film fits in more with Ghibli movies like WHISPER OF THE HEART and older titles which sadly haven’t been released yet in America like ONLY YESTERDAY and OCEAN WAVES. FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is basically a charming teenage romance set in early 1960s Yokohama coupled with a subplot about the students doing some major cleaning and renovations to their high school’s large, dilapidated clubhouse to rescue it from being demolished to construct a new building for extra-curricular activities clubs during a sweep of beautification being done in advance of the Tokyo Olympics. Even though this film isn’t quite up to the level of Goro's father Hayao Miyazaki’s best and most famous works, it’s still a great movie and highly recommended and is better than most non-PIXAR animated films. Being a new movie, the Blu-ray transfer looks beautiful as expected and professional reviewers have described the picture and sound quality as flawless. There are hours of special features on here, from trailers and interviews & press conferences with the director, writer and even the singer and arranger of the theme song. There’s even a supplement looking at how the city of Yokohama looks now compared to back in the early 1960s when the story is set. The only extra I haven’t watched yet is a storyboards feature which runs the length of the film itself.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Studio Ghibli Classic

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      DFR1988
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      Studio Ghibli is one of the best animation studios in the world, if not the absolute best. While this movie may not have gotten as much attention as some of their other films, you'd be missing out if you pass by this one, especially since it's a great price for a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. As is usual for their movies, the animation is magnificent. Details and colors just pop, and it's easy to lose yourself in the world of the movie. Especially in HD on the Blu-Ray, the presentation is absolutely flawless. The plot is somewhat minimalist, focusing on two main points: The relationship between the main characters, Umi and Shun, and also the kids of their school banding together to save their clubhouse. Everything about the movie and characters feels human, even real, since there aren't any fantasy or magical trappings to overcome. The characters even react realistically to the few plot twists that are thrown in, something not seen in a lot of modern anime. I don't want to say anything else to spoil the movie, but if you enjoy beautiful animation and "slice of life" style stories, then this is definitely a movie that you shouldn't miss.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful Ghibli film harking back to golden age.

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      Arsenette
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      Unlike recent Ghibli films From up on Poppy Hill goes back to the golden age of Ghibli. One of the final Miyazaki films to be made (Father Hayao is retiring), father and son (Goro Miyazaki) collaborate to make a beautiful coming of age story set in 1963 Japan. Movie is beautifully paced at 1 1/2 hours with a rich story and gorgeous animation. Family friendly story with plenty for all ages. The English Dub was wonderful. GKids did a great job to keep the flavor of the original while adding just a little bit of dialogue to help explain some of the unexplained back story. Subtitles for both the English closed caption and original Japanese dialogue are available along with 5.1 for both the English and Japanese audio. Hours of extras with subtitles included. Love the option of either Bluray or DVD. I am happy I preordered this and would happily recommend to anyone who love animation and great story telling. For those unfamiliar with Ghibli films this is a good gateway movie that is easily accessible to a western audience.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Studio Ghibli's Legacy of Excellence Continues

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      Shanus
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      Goro Miyazaki worried all of Studio Ghibli's fans with rather unenjoyable "Tales from Earthsea," but he has now redeemed himself with this fantastic addition into the Ghibli library. Granted, his father, Hayao, wrote the screenplay, but I would not discredit Goro's involvement with the picture. The animation is stunning with vibrant colors and great attention to detail. There are several unique, funny, and lovable characters throughout the film. The music is light and airy during quiet moments, and driving and catchy during the upbeat scenes. The plot is a simple, enjoyable slice of life with some very tender moments. This is definitely one of my top 5 Ghibli films.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Great Film from Studio Ghibli

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      raginasian69
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      This film is definitely a step up from Goro's other film Tales From Earthsea. I enjoyed the film a lot as I have always been a fan of all of Ghibli's Films. Although this film isn't full of fantasy, it is still full of adventure. The characters are created much like his father's, yet the story takes place in a setting that can be more related to in real life. Overall a magical and fun film to watch! The only slightly negative thing I have to say is that the dubbing for this film along with other Japanese Animated films can sometimes be bad. If you watch the film in Japanese and then with english voiceovers, much of the emotion and dialogue sometimes gets lost.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great slice of life

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      shadowneko003
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      This movie is a great watch. If you're getting this, thinking it would be like the other Studio Ghibli movie, you're wrong. There's no fantasy involved at all. HOWEVER, it is a GREAT SLICE OF LIFE movie that takes place in the 1960s in Japan. It follows high school student Umi and her daily activities. One day, she finds out that she is the center of a poem. The poem describes her daily routine of raising a set of signal flags with the message "I pray for safe voyages". And that's where our slice of life adventure takes off. The movie itself is very enjoyable, and you'll find the conflicts engaging. The movie's pacing is nicely done. So, please give this movie a chance.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Well done anime from Studio Ghibli.

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      Lipschutz
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      The plot is not typical of Studio Ghibli in that it's not fantasy related. It's a realistic period film that could easily have been done as live action. The story is enjoyable and the film is beautiful visually. The video and audio are top notch but I've so far only seen the original Japanese version. The package includes many more bonus features than Disney used to do with their Ghibli releases and it also has a booklet with additional information. If you're a fan of anime and especially Studio Ghibli, I highly recommend this Blu-ray.

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