From Up on Poppy Hill (Special Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD]
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Yokohama, 1963. Umi is a high school student living in her family�s hillside home overlooking the sea. Every morning she hoists two signal flags towards the bay, sending a message to the horizon. A poem about the flags is published in the school newspaper. Could the author be Shun, the daring newspaper editor who has drawn Umi�s attention? While the two teenagers join in the campaign to save their school�s old clubhouse, their budding relationship takes an unexpected turn when they discover a secret surrounding their past. In a Japan at the crossroads of tradition and modernization, Umi and Shun share a moving story of friendship, love and hope. The film�s rich and vibrant imagery captures perfectly the thrills of young romance and the hope of a new dawn.
Includes Original Japanese version, Cast Recording Sessions, Music Video, Featurette, 112-Photo Flipbook, Original Trailers and TV Spots, Feature-length Storyboards, Hayao Miyazaki�s Letters, Speech, Press Conference
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From Up on Poppy Hill looks like a Studio Ghibli film, and packs quite an emotional punch, but don't expect to see the fantasy element present in most of the studio's classics. This is more like Whisper of the Heart than Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro. The film is populated by good people doing good things, and there's not a villain in sight. It will appeal to anyone who remembers their childhood, school, young love, and friendship. Like most Ghibli films, it's full of great messages for us and our children.
Umi Matsuzaki (Sarah Bolger) is an eleventh-grader, living in 1963 Yokohama; she takes care of her family and a few boarders while her mother is away studying in the US. She cooks and cleans while trying to maintain her good grades, and is a responsible young woman. One day in school, she meets Shun Kazama (Anton Yelchin). He performs a daredevil stunt to try to gain support for his campaign to save a clubhouse used by him and his friends. Umi and Shun form a friendship that is the heart of the film, but the story isn't quite so simple. This is not just a tale of teen romance; it's the story of a group of young people pulling together to achieve a common goal. Some of the twists are unexpected, and considerably more complicated than those found in typical animated fare.
One of Umi's habits is to raise flags on the pole on her balcony to signal to ships passing in the harbor.Read more ›
Below Poppy Hill is the river. Before she goes to school in the morning she puts a flag up in hope that if her father goes buy on a ship and looks toward Poppy Hill he will recognize the flag and know where his family is.
This movie is a must see for the whole family.
With the recent retirement of Hayao Miyazaki, the future of the studio seems to be in solid hands now with Gorō Miyazaki given the quality of this film. Highly recommended!
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I am so pleased to now own this movie. I have watched it when I could, but always with english subtitles which is nice, but it draws the eye away from the breathtaking scenery that... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing movie from Studio Ghibli. The characters feel genuine and the acting is spot on in both English and Japanese.Published 6 months ago by chickenmer
I loved this movie. Its a great story, well composed, and as always from Ghibli beautifully animated. Highly recommended for all Ghibli collections.Published 7 months ago by mustardseed
It was an okay movie. Not one of my favorites but I still enjoyed itPublished 16 months ago by Allysha Barton
A very gentle, nostalgic movie. This one and several other, e.g. "Totoro" and "Kiki", give me a similar feel, a nostalgic journey back to simpler times or when one... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steven W. Williams
Got exactly what I ordered and so far everything has worked how it was supposed to. One came so much faster than it was supposed to that I was impressedPublished 20 months ago by Crystal Paul