Movie Review: From Up on Poppy Hill


Studio Ghibli is famous for intensely beautiful hugely detailed films with stories that touch on a variety of genres.  Fantasy, science fiction, action, drama, or comedy they have done it all.  Now comes their latest film:  From Up on Poppy Hill.  Set in Yokohama in 1963 just before the ’64 Olympics in Japan this slice of life film focuses on two young people, Umi and Shun.  These two teenagers  face many challenges from losing a piece of their history to something unexpected that happened during the Korean War.

Director Goro Miyazaki brings to life Yokohama of the sixties with a look at student life there and how it felt to be alive during that time.  And he brings you into the lives of these young people so that you care for them and what is happening to them.

My one regret with this film is that I didn’t get to see this at a movie theatre that isn’t to say that it won’t look good on your large flat screen it will, but in my humble opinion Studio Ghibli films are meant to be seen on a bigger screen for the best effect.

This film is rated PG and I give it a high family friendly rating so my final vote is four and a half stars out of five.