From Up On Poppy Hill
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The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics - and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The gorgeous score and subtle visual craft save this entry in the Ghibli canon from mediocrity. But given what the studio is capable of, it's not everything fans will be hoping for."
‑ Catherine Bray, Time Out
"In the wisdom of this artfully rendered film, Umi and Shun - and the viewer - come to learn that the past and the future should go hand in hand, that the best way to move forward is to reflect, and respect, what came before."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A rather mediocre film...And yet, even with all of its faults, I still find myself oddly swept up in its familial drama."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"The story will undoubtedly appear slow moving and uneventful to those used to the pizzazz of Pixar, but allow the richly detailed hand-drawn animation to work its charms and the film's mood of gentle nostalgia proves surprisingly moving."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"It's really hard to go wrong with a Studio Ghibli film, and From Up on Poppy Hill is no exception. It may not be their very best work, but it's still good work, full of charm and fun."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"A departure for Studio Ghibli - an emotionally nuanced, nostalgic look at the past that is grounded in everyday reality but retains the humor and delight that are part of the studio's trademark."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The story of a girl grappling with first love, the absence of her parents and the anxieties of an on-rushing future in 1963 Yokohama has all the earmarks of a Miyazaki classic."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"If this Ghibli creation is smaller in scale than many of the company's films, it certainly doesn't lack for heart or soul. I was swept away in it."
‑ Martin Roberts, Fan The Fire
"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.com
"The magic is found in the everyday details of domestic life."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Goro Miyazaki has a style that's both more painterly and more cinematic than the cartoonish norm, while his father's screenplay is a classic coming-of-age story that seems suited for a live-action remake."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The film's perfectly fine, but it's not a patch on "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," and other Studio Ghibli classics."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"There are no real villains in this story. All the people are basically good and they try to do the right thing. The artwork is beautiful and the film also has considerable emotional power."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A lovely Japanese hand-drawn animated film with a female heroine."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A gently lyrical diversion for Ghibli die-hards ... a gentle snooze for others."
‑ Guy Lodge, This is London
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