From Up on Poppy Hill
From Up on Poppy Hill (Japanese: コクリコ坂から Hepburn: Kokuriko-zaka Kara, "From Coquelicot Hill") is a 2011 Japanese animated drama film directed by Gorō Miyazaki, scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, animated by Studio Ghibli for the Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Walt Disney Japan, Mitsubishi, and Toho, and distributed by the latter company.
It's 1963 and Japan is in the midst of swift modernisation, leaving behind the Second World War's painful memories and focusing on a brighter future, symbolised by the coming year's Tokyo Olympics.
Why It Rocks
- Excellent animation.
- This is a film from Goro Miyazaki that's actually GOOD, which nobody expected after the critical failure of his previous movie, Tales from Earthsea.
- Appealing character designs.
- The main heroine of the movie, Uma Matsuzaki, is a really strong female character. She's still a child, but due to her parents being dead she has to act as the mother to her younger siblings. These struggles that we see her go through make her very likable and her arc in the story is engaging.
- Good voice acting.
- The growing romance between the two leads, Uma Matsuzaki and Shun Kazama, despite being a bit cliche, is engaging, and even tense towards the third act as the strength of their relationship starts to be tested.
- Great soundtrack.
- The film does a surprsingly good job of depicting society in 1963 Japan.
From Up on Poppy Hill has an 84% critic rating and a 79% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.6/5 on Letterboxd, a 7.6/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB), a 79.23% community approval rating on Kitsu, and a 4/5 on AnimePlanet.
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