Movie Review: From Up on Poppy Hill



The 1964 Tokyo Olympics represented a new start for Japan—out with the old Meiji-era buildings that reminded citizens of bad times, in with innovation that spoke to the future of a newly peaceful and increasingly prosperous country.

Umi, a shy teenaged girl, manages a boarding house on the Yokohama seaside. Her father was killed in the war and her mother travels constantly, so in addition to attending high school, Umi must also run the family business. Her classmate Shun, an orphan unsure of his lineage, lives with a few other students in the old high-school clubhouse, a French-style, mansion that’s set to be demolished as part of the current modernization project. Shun and his schoolmates refuse to let this happen.

As much as they fear losing their shelter, they are also appalled at what they see as the erasure of their history. As the students organize a protest, Shun and Umi grow closer. What begins as a friendship develops into something deeper as these two lonely teenagers find a mutual understanding and trust. Yet when Shun starts to investigate his past, secrets emerge that threaten to tear the two apart.

General Information:

Directed by: Gorō Miyazaki
Produced by: Toshio Suzuki
Screenplay by: Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa
Release Date: Jul 16, 2011(JP), Feb 21, 2013(KW)
Producers: Studio Ghibli, GKids
Genres: Historical, Shoujo
Duration: 1 hr. 35 min.
Rating: PG – Children



I obviously watched this movie because its a Ghibli production. From up on poppy hill‘s poster looked simple to whisper of the heart‘s poster, so I had my hopes up but I shouldn’t have. The movie was nice but it wasn’t what I hoped. The art was pretty cool so were the characters. I liked the events in the story, like how they worked on the building and stuff. That was the only highlight in the movie, I guess. The movie had a sort of a happy ending, but I wasn’t crazed about it. It’s a beautiful story, but it isn’t amazing.

Movie Trailer:

Overall Rate: 8/10

2 thoughts on “Movie Review: From Up on Poppy Hill

  1. I actually liked this movie a lot. I liked the simplicity of it, and even though there was a part that was a bit awkward (between the 2 main characters), everything turned out ok in the end. I thought it was cute and simple 🙂

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