Written April 07, 2013
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 August 27, 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 April 22, 2013
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 20, 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 April 02, 2013
Sometimes the point of watching a film is to transport yourself to another place and time, for a brief, waking dream, and then to return from that dream feeling better about life and people. If that's what you're in the mood for tonight, I recommend that you find this film, and watch it.