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From up on Poppy Hill

This screening took place on
Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 8:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Co-scripted by the great Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) and directed by his son Goro, the eagerly anticipated new film from Studio Ghibli is a beautiful nostalgia piece about a teenage girl coming of age in 1960s Japan. The highest-grossing Japanese film released in Japan in 2011, the new film from Studio Ghibli — co-written by the legendary director and Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by his son Goro — is a story of young love and cultural renewal set in 1960s Tokyo. Every morning, the teenage Umi raises flags as a blessing to passing sailors, and her goodwill catches the attention of schoolmate Shun, who writes the anonymous flag-raiser a poem in the school newspaper. Joining Shun's campaign to save the school clubhouse from being destroyed as Tokyo prepares for the 1964 Olympics, Umi soon falls for the charming and passionate young activist. Featuring gorgeous animation, a surprisingly eclectic score (surf music in a Ghibli film!), and evoking such gently humanistic Ghibli classics as Only Yesterday, the lovely, understated From Up on Poppy Hill screens in a dubbed English-language edition featuring the voices of Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ron Howard and Aubrey Plaza. Content in this film appropriate for audiences 10 years and up.
  • Directed by Goro Miyazaki
  • 2011, Japan
  • 91 minutes

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