Tuesday, February 11, 2014

From Up on Poppy Hill

The year is 1963 and Japan is still recovering from World War II.  They are also preparing to host the 1964 Olympics.  There is much conflict for the younger generation as they are stepping into the modern area, but still clinging to their traditional past.  Our story takes places in Yokohama, where two high school students, Umi and Shun, discover a friendship.   Romance blooms between them as they both work together to restore a Meiji-era clubhouse.  Shun uncovers a buried secret that threatens to tear them apart.

From Up on Poppy Hill was written by the great Hayao Miyazaki.  As with many of his projects, this film is full of heart.  The animation is beautiful and transports you to this uneasy time in Japan’s history.  The pace is slower than some animated movies, but it makes the film seem more realistic.  As conflicts arise and secrets are discovered, one can’t help but cheer on the main characters.  From Up on Poppy Hill is quite lovely and one does not need to be a fan of anime to enjoy this wonderful film.

You can find FromUp on Poppy Hill directed by Goro Miyazaki on the VBPL Catalog.  If you enjoyed From Up on Poppy Hill, you may want to try WolfChildren or MyNeighbor Totoro.

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