From Up on Poppy Hill

Rated PG 91 minutes 2013

Written by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and directed by relative newcomer Goro Miyazaki, this is a surprisingly straightforward piece of Japanese animation that doesn’t involve any fantasy elements. The story is about kids in Yokohama circa 1963 simply trying to find their way and fight for a few causes. The central character is Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger in the dubbed version for the U.S.), a young girl who lost her dad in the war and finds herself liking a boy who may or may not be the right choice for various reasons. The movie looks great (as product from the acclaimed Studio Ghibli often does) and it tells a sweet story. The Loft will be screening it in both subtitled and dubbed versions. Other dubbed vocal cast members include Anton Yelchin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ron Howard.

Film Credits

Director: Goro Miyazaki

Producer: Tetsurô Sayama, Toshio Suzuki and Chizuru Takahashi

Cast: Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada, Keiko Takeshita, Yuriko Ishida, Rumi Hiiragi, Jun Fubuki, Takashi Naitô, Shunsuke Kazama, Teruyuki Kagawa and Nao Ohmori


From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill

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