From Up on Poppy Hill


Action / Animation / Comedy / Drama / Family / Romance

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Isabelle Fuhrman as Sora Matsuzaki
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Aubrey Plaza as Sachiko Hirokôji
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Gillian Anderson as Miki Hokuto
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Christina Hendricks as Saori Makimura
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779.5 MB
jap 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
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1.46 GB
jap 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer6 / 10

Perhaps this played better in Japan...but I thought it was rather weak when it came to the story.

Goro Miyazaki odd Disney spent a lot for actors to do voices but gave film a very, very, very limited release boys in Latin Quarter are pretentious shall walk looking up--only song that cracked American Top 100 amazingly mundane for American audiences much more adult than past films brother and sister!!

"Up From Poppy Hill" is a film set in Japan just before the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. I found the film very tedious and I think most Western audiences would feel this way. I assume it would probably play better in its native country, as nostalgia about 1960s Japan might induce some to see the film. As for me, it just seemed very slow and weak compared to other Studio Gibli efforts.

The film concerns high school students. An old and tattered building named 'The Latin Quarter' near the school has been used as a meeting place for various clubs. However, the plan is to destroy it in order to make room for a venue for the upcoming Olympics. When the very nerdy kids who want to save the building try to mobilize the students, several girls join them in their crusade--and that is how Umi and Shun meet and slowly fall in love. Great? Maybe not, as later Shun thinks that Umi is his sister! What's next for them and The Latin Quarter? See the film...or not.

"Up on Poppy Hill" is a decent enough film--with really nice animation but an only moderately involving story. In many ways, it plays like a live action film and I wonder why it wasn't just made that way instead, as the film lacks cuteness, cute characters and the supernatural like most other Ghibli films.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird8 / 10

Not quite one of Studio Ghibli's finest, but still a charming film

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

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca5 / 10

Great animation, but where's the story?

FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is another film from the popular Studio Ghibli stable, this time directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the famous Hayao. As usual for these films, the animation is absolutely wonderful, both colourful and a wonder to watch, but that's all you get here, because there's no story.

Or rather, there is, but it's very slight and doesn't support a whole movie like the one that's delivered here. In essence, there are two plots; a background plot about student efforts to save their clubhouse from being closed down by the authorities, and a love story between a lonely girl and a sailor. The clubhouse story is the more charming of the two, but aside from a good montage or two, little happens. As for the romance, well, it goes nowhere.

I like Studio Ghibli films as a result, but my favourite ones are either full of charm (like PONYO) or the ones that have a compelling narrative (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES). Unfortunately, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL has neither, leaving it a nice to look at, but instantly forgettable slice of Japanese animation.

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