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.
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A group of Yokohama students fight to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball during preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. While working there, Umi and Shun gradually attract each other, but face a sudden trial. Even so, they keep going without fleeing the difficulties of reality.
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