Written January 27, 2015
I'm not a fan of animated movies. This one was an exception. The film leaves you feeling wonderfully calm. Beautiful story beautifully told. Lots of name actors voices playing even the smallest roles all well cast.
Written October 25, 2014
As other reviewers have noted, Goro Miyazaki's debut, Earthsea, was forgettable. He has done much better this time, perhaps in part due to reconciling with (and working with) his dad. Poppy Hill has its roots in two other Ghibli films, Whisper of the Heart for the strong female lead, and Ocean Waves for the very realistic story, with a hint of Only Yesterday. But the cleanup of the big Latin Quarter building, while slightly reminiscent of Sophie's mission in Howl's Moving Castle, has its own wild energy and charm that we have to assign to Goro. This is indeed Yokohama a bit more colorful and nostalgic than a real place could be.
LIke Arrietty, the film moves a bit slowly in the middle, and as other reviewers have noted, the mysteries surrounding her beau's true father are resolved in a somewhat hokey fashion. Neither detracts from the pleasure of a thoughtful piece that can enter the pantheon of memorable Ghibli films.
Written December 19, 2014
I do not care for animation; even as a child I found it boring and enervating. If any film could convert me to the genre it is “From Up On Poppy Hill”; it is an enchanting tale set in 1963, Yokohama, Japan. “Umi” our seventeen-year-old heroine runs a boarding house with an exquisite view of the sea, aided by her grandmother, while her mother studies in the United States; her father’s ship was a fatality of the Korean War; everyday Umi raises flags, saluting sailors, honoring their valiant profession; yearning for a father, consumed by the depths...
Voluminous applause for Japanese “Studio Ghibli” for gifting audiences an ebullient, spirited, vibrant gem of animation!
FOUR STARS !!!!
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Written August 28, 2014
Yes, I loved it. A beautiful, peaceful movie. And, yes it is an animated film for teenagers and adults, and not small children. Not because it is violent or sexually explicit, but because it deals with themes of love and loss, which younger viewers might not totally understand.
Written November 22, 2014
Studio Ghibli is known for movies such as My Friend Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. They have created some of the most amazing fantasy stories ever told or seen.
This is not one of those movies.
For Studio Ghibli fans, From Up On Poppy Hill is more like Only Yesterday and Whisper Of The Heart. This movie tells the story of real people dealing with real life. But, like their other movies, it has that quality that make all of Studio Ghibli's work so good: it has heart. It tells an interesting story that draws us in, and makes us care about what happens next.
Not sure how much folks under 12-years-old will get this, because it involves a love story between a high school girl and boy. Other than that, I'd say everyone else will like this movie.
Unless your that mean old man at the end of the street who has no friends.