From Up On Poppy Hill

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Set in 1963 Yokohama, Japan, the film tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl living in a boarding house, Coquelicot Manor. When Umi meets Shun Kazama, a member of the school’s newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school’s clubhouse, Quartier Latin. However, Tokumaru, the chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment and Umi and Shun, along with Shirō Mizunuma, must persuade him to reconsider.

From Up on Poppy Hill premiered on July 16, 2011, in Japan. The film received positive reviews from most film critics and grossed $61 million worldwide. An English version of the film was distributed by GKIDS; it was released to theaters on March 15, 2013, in North America.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki
Writers: Tetsurô Sayama (original story), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)
Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin
Plot Keywords: reference to friedrich nietzsche | 1960s | photograph | boyfriend girlfriend relationship | mother daughter relationship |
Genres: Animation | Drama | Family
Certificate: U
Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)