From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) Poster

Japanese title: コクリコ坂から
(Kokurikozaka Kara)

Other titles: 紅花坂上的海, Tepedeki Ev, La colina de las amapolas, 
La colline aux coquelicots, Der Mohnblumenberg, El turó de les roselles,
La collina dei papaveri, Со склонов Кокурико.

Comments on Movie: From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
"A heartfelt coming-of-age drama" - Cammila Collar, TV Guide.

"From Up on Poppy Hill may be able to boast about its outstanding music and smooth animation, but it's far too flat to leave much of an impression." - Chris Sawin, Examiner.

"As pleasant as a seaside breeze… and as fleeting." - MaryAnn Johanson, FlickFilosopher.

"When those complicated scenes sort out themselves, they are actually quite hilarious." - Rosalyn Lim.


From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) Trailer

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) at a glance
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) is a drama romance film by Gorō Miyazaki. It is the director's second anime feature with Studio Ghibli after Tales of Earthsea. The screenplay is written by his father, Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa based on the Japanese comic of the same name illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi and written by Tetsurō Sayama.

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) Synopsis
From Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki and director Gorō Miyazaki comes this uniquely inspired coming-of-age story. Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics, the story centers on Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. But a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly detail, From Up on Poppy Hill provides a pure, sincere, and nuanced evocation of the past, and marks yet another creative triumph for Studio Ghibli.

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Movie Review: From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

Umi Matsuzaki.

Now, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) is one film by Gorō Miyazaki that I could ungrudgingly accept that it is a box office success as it was pretty enjoyable. Indeed, the script is made of simple scenes and lines but it does not lack its own charm. I watched the original Japanese version. 

Shun Kazama.

A dramatic slice of life and coming of age kind of film with several serious themes and unexpected twists which can be funny or lovely at times, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) is generally nice. Although the story may feel too slow paced for some, to me it looks a little too fast moving as many of the scenes are very brief. They could have been developed. Still, love the music and the storyline is quite fresh!

Umi and Shun riding the bicycle through the town.

In short, From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) is not bad. The twists confuse me at first but when those complicated scenes sort out themselves, they are actually quite hilarious. The major themes include anti demolition, team work, preserving traditional values and fighting for what you love. The message is quite deep coming from teenager's setting but that is all due the characters being so passionate.

PS. So glad that the director did not give up after his infamous first and have improved since!!

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
For Japanese culture lovers and it is also quite certain that you would enjoy this if you enjoy watching serenity after war.

Gallery (More Photos)

Left, Anti Demolition Campaign. Right, Shun Kazama and Umi Matsuzaki.


Left, Umi raises maritime signal flags every day. Right, Umi enters the messy Quartier Latin.

Details of the movie
Director: Gorō Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Chizuru Takahashi, Tetsurō Sayama
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Satoshi Takebe
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada, Keiko Takeshita, Yuriko Ishida, Jun Fubuki, Takashi Naito, Shunsuke Kazama, Nao Omori, Teruyuki Kagawa
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Drama Family Romance
Running time: 91 mins
Budget: USD 22,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 61,459,425 est.

Official website(s)

Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Studio Ghibli
Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon

From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) Behind the Scenes

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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011) Movie Quotes
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