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After his ambitious directorial debut, Miyazaki Goro goes back to basic with Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill, his first collaboration with his father Miyazaki Hayao, who co-wrote the script. More similar to Whisper of the Heart than Tales of Earthsea, Poppy Hill is a simple schoolyard romance based on a manga by Sayama Tetsuro. Popular young actress Nagasawa Masami (I Wish) provides the voice for the film's heroine Umi, while V6's Okada Junichi plays her romantic interest Shun. In addition to being a sweet love story, Poppy Hill is also about preserving memories in the face of modernity.

Despite the production being disrupted by the March 11 disasters, the Miyazakis kept their promise and released the film on time in cinemas, providing much-needed lighthearted entertainment for Japanese audiences. Poppy Hill eventually became the highest-grossing Japanese film of 2011, and it won the Animation of the Year award at the 35th Japan Academy Prize.

1960s, Yokohama. 17-year-old Umi (Nagasawa Masami) lives in a house on a hilltop next to the sea with her grandmother and other boarders. Everyday, she raises a signal flag for passing ships, and schoolmate Shun (Okada Junichi) notices the flag every morning from his father's tugboat. The two eventually meet in school at a protest rally to protect the old Quarter Latin building, which houses all the interest clubs. Umi ends up joining the cause, getting other female students to help Shun and the other students clean up the building. In the process, Umi and Shun develop feelings for each other. However, Umi discovers a shocking secret from the past that threatens to drive them apart.

This edition includes storyboards, the film's dubbing script, music video, stage events, and trailers.

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Product Title: From Up on Poppy Hill (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Multi Audio & Subtitled) (Japan Version) 紅花坂上的海 (Blu-ray) (通常版) (多國語言配音 / 字幕) (日本版) 红花坂上的海 (Blu-ray) (通常版) (多国语言配音 / 字幕) (日本版) コクリコ坂から 通常版 【Blu-rayDisc】 From Up on Poppy Hill (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Multi Audio & Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Kokurikozaka kara 來自紅花坂 / 來自虞美人坡道 来自红花坂 / 来自虞美人坡道 Kokurikozaka kara Kokurikozaka kara
Artist Name(s): Okada Junichi | Nagasawa Masami | Omori Nao | Kagawa Teruyuki | Ishida Yuriko | Naito Takashi | Miyazaki Hayao | Kazama Shunsuke | Fubuki Jun | Hiragi Rumi | Keiko Takeshita 岡田准一 | 長澤雅美 | 大森南朋 | 香川照之 | 石田 百合子 | 內藤剛志 | 宮崎駿 | 風間俊介 | 風吹純 | 柊瑠美 | 竹下景子 冈田准一 | 长泽雅美 | 大森南朋 | 香川照之 | 石田百合子 | 内藤刚志 | 宫崎骏 | 风间俊介 | 风吹纯 | 柊瑠美 | 竹下景子 岡田准一 | 長澤まさみ | 大森南朋 | 香川照之 | 石田ゆり子 | 内藤剛志 | 宮崎駿 | 風間俊介 | 風吹ジュン | 柊瑠美 | 竹下景子 Okada Junichi | 나가사와 마사미 | Omori Nao | Kagawa Teruyuki | Ishida Yuriko | Naito Takashi | Miyazaki Hayao | Kazama Shunsuke | Fubuki Jun | Rumi Hiragi | Keiko Takeshita
Director: Miyazaki Goro 宮崎吾朗 宫崎吾朗 宮崎吾朗 Miyazaki Goro
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2012-06-20
Publisher Product Code: VWBS-1323
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, French
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1030455873

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
宮崎吾朗 (監督) / 高橋千鶴 (原作) / 佐山哲郎 (原作) / 長澤まさみ (松崎海) / 岡田准一 (風間俊) / 近藤勝也 (キャラクターデザイン) / 武部聡志 (音楽) / 宮崎駿 (企画、脚本)

ピクチャーレーベル/特殊パッケージ仕様

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
通常版/本編91分
製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2011

[ストーリー]
1963年、横浜。港の見える丘にあるコクリコ荘。その下宿屋を切り盛りする16才の少女・海。彼女は、毎朝、海に向かって、信号旗をあげる。旗の意味は「安全な航行を祈る」。タグボートで通学していた17才の少年・俊は、海の上からその旗をいつも見ていた。翌年に東京オリンピックを控え、人々は古いものはすべて壊し、新しいものだけが素晴らしいと信じていた。そんな時代に、横浜のとある高校で、小さな紛争が起きていた。古いけれど、歴史と思い出のつまった文化部部室の建物、通称カルチェラタン。それを取り壊すべきか、保存すべきか。そんな事件の中で、海と俊は出会う。俊はその建物を守ろうと学生たちに訴える。海はその建物の良さを知ってもらおうと大掃除を提案する。徐々に惹かれ合うふたりに、ある試練が襲いかかる。「嫌いになったのなら、はっきりそう言って」「俺たちは兄妹ってことだ」「どうすればいいの?」自分たちは兄妹かもしれない。それでも、ふたりは現実から逃げずにまっすぐに進む。そして、戦争と戦後の混乱期の中で、親たちがどう出会い、愛し、生きたかを知っていく。そんな中で、ふたりが見出した未来とは??。

[解説]
ジブリの初恋。

[解説]
太平洋戦争が終わって18年、日本は焼け跡から奇跡の復活を遂げた。そして、高度経済成長が始まろうとしていた時代に、復活の象徴として、日本は東京オリンピックの開幕を目前に控えていた。人々は古いものはすべて壊し、新しいものだけが素晴らしいと信じていた。煙突から吐き出される煤煙。道路をひしめく車の土埃。人々でごった返す街。工事や建物の解体作業の騒音。しかし、それでも海は青く、緑は輝き、空は広く、世界は希望に満ちてキラキラと輝いていた。そんな時代に、横浜にあったある高校で、明治に建てられた由緒ある建物をめぐって小さな紛争が起きていた。古いけれど、歴史と思い出のつまった建物。それを取り壊すべきか、保存すべきか。ある高校生の男女が、そんな事件の中で出会い、心を通わせ、助け合って行く。ふたりが見出した日本の“明るい未来”とは、何だったのか。16歳の海と17歳の俊の愛と友情を横糸に、建物をめぐる紛争を縦糸に、この物語は、まっすぐに生きる高校生たちの群像をさわやかに描いてゆく—。

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Professional Review of "From Up on Poppy Hill (Blu-ray) (Normal Edition) (Multi Audio & Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

April 23, 2012

This professional review refers to From Up on Poppy Hill (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (Multi Audio & Subtitled) (Japan Version)
From Up on Poppy Hill is the latest offering from legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli, and is another in their line of nostalgia themed romances, following up on the likes of Whisper of the Heart and Ocean Waves. Interestingly, the film marks the return of Miyazaki Goro, his first since the disappointingly received fantasy Tales from Earthsea back in 2006, and sees him working and co-scripting with his father Miyazaki Hayao for the first time. Based on a manga by Sayama Tetsuro, the film features the voices of up and coming actress Nagasawa Masami (I Wish) and Okada Junichi of boy band V6 fame as the two leads. The film proved a huge success at the Japanese box office, ranking as the country's highest grossing domestic hit of 2011, and also won Animation of the Year at the 35th Japan Academy Prize ceremony.

The film takes place in 1963 in Yokohama in the run up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and follows a 16 year old high school girl called Umi (voiced by Nagasawa Masami), who lives in a large boarding house on a hill with her grandmother and siblings. Every morning, she raises a signal flag for passing ships in memory of her father, who died at sea some years back during the Korean War. At school, she becomes involved in the student effort to save the old Latin Quarter clubhouse which has been marked for demolition, and in the process finds herself drawn to schoolmate Shun (Okada Junichi), who sees her flags every morning from his father's tugboat. Though the two seem the perfect couple, Shun discovers a shocking secret from the past which threatens to ruin their blossoming love.

From Up on Poppy Hill is a pretty straightforward film in terms of its ambitions, the father and son team of Goro and Hayao Miyazaki clearly aiming primarily aiming for a misty eyed, warm hearted exploration of fond childhood memories. The film certainly achieves this, and is in many ways an utterly charming affair, a piece of note perfect nostalgia which shows an amazing eye for detail, even the smallest trivialities being brought to life through obvious loving care. It's in this which the film really excels, successfully capturing the spirit of its time and place, and despite having faced up to problems during production brought about by the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the film is visually quite stunning. The animation is superbly evocative and artistic throughout, helping to make for an atmospheric experience which really does pull the viewer into its gorgeously quiet world. Goro shows far more confidence as director than he did with Earthsea and as well as being beautifully designed, the film features some impressive and fun set pieces, with the mass cleaning of the clubhouse by a small army of students standing out in particular.

The film also does a decent job with its central love story, mainly since Umi and Shun are reasonably well written and likeable characters, if a little too similar to others from previous Ghibli outings. The pure love theme works well enough, and though the film is essentially safe, predictable stuff and suffers from a rather rushed and daft twist, it comes together in somewhat pleasing, vaguely moving fashion. At the same time, the film also deals with themes of modernisation and the preservation of the past and memory, with obvious parallels drawn between the demolition of the beloved clubhouse and its traditions, and the spreading industrialisation of the country. This is largely relegated to a background concern, and never really amounts to much, though it helps to hold the interest without adding much depth.

As a result, it's hard not to harbour a sneaking suspicion that there's really not much to From Up on Poppy Hill aside from its captivating visuals and seductive nostalgia - though this is very much in line with the films modest ambitions, and so really isn't much of a criticism. It's easy to see why the film proved so popular, and it's certainly a very worthy and enjoyable addition to the Ghibli canon, and one which definitely sees Miyazaki Goro maturing and growing as a director.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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October 7, 2014

This customer review refers to From Up On Poppy Hill (DVD) (English Subtitled) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
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Another sweet film from Studio Ghibli Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In early '60s Yokohama, high school junior Umi is one very busy girl. In addition to her schoolwork, she does the cooking, cleaning, shopping, and bookkeeping needed to keep her grandmother's boarding house -- in which Umi lives -- running. Umi's mother, a college professor, is away on sabbatical in America. Her father tragically died at sea years ago. In memory of her late father, Umi each day raises signal flags on the flagpole in front of the boardinghouse, which overlooks Yokohama's harbor.

Shun is the boy at school that all the girls admire. He has eyes only for Umi, even publishing in the school newspaper he edits a romantic poem about the signal flags she raises. Shun and his pals are upset because the decrepit 'Latin Quarter' building which houses the newspaper and the high school's other clubs is threatened with destruction. Umi suggests that the students get together to clean out and fix up the old building, with the hope that the repairs will persuade the administrators to leave the beloved building intact. During the course of the repair work, Umi and Shun grow closer, but Shun uncovers a shocking surprise that jeopardizes the budding romance.

Director Miyazaki Goro's "From Up On Poppy Hill" tells this story with all the warmth, humor, and thoughtfully conceived characters that we've come to expect from Studio Ghibli. The film does a splendid job of capturing the sights and sounds of its time and place, with particular credit owed to Takebe Satoshi for lovely soundtrack music. Underpinning the film's engaging story is an important theme: As we make our way forward, we must remember to honor our heritage. Viewers of all ages will enjoy this delightful film.
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