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From Up On Poppy Hill (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
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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.

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Product Title: From Up On Poppy Hill (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 紅花坂上的海 (VCD) (香港版) 红花坂上的海 (VCD) (香港版) From Up On Poppy Hill (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) From Up On Poppy Hill (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 來自紅花坂 来自红花坂
Artist Name(s): Ishida Yuriko | Takeshita Keiko | Okada Junichi | Fubuki Jun | Hiragi Rumi | Nagasawa Masami | Zhou Zhi Kang | Zhou Zhi Wen | Kandy (Sugar Club) | Miyazaki Hayao 石田 百合子 | 竹下景子 | 岡田准一 | 風吹純 | 柊瑠美 | 長澤正美 長澤雅美 | 周 志康 | 周 志文 | 糖妹 Kandy | 宮崎駿 石田百合子 | 竹下景子 | 冈田准一 | 风吹纯 | 柊瑠美 | 长泽雅美 | 周 志康 | 周 志文 | 糖妹 Kandy | 宫崎骏 石田ゆり子 | Takeshita Keiko | 岡田准一 | 風吹ジュン | 柊瑠美 | 長澤まさみ | Zhou Zhi Kang | Zhou Zhi Wen | 糖妹 (Kandy) | 宮崎駿 Ishida Yuriko | Takeshita Keiko | Okada Junichi | Fubuki Jun | Rumi Hiragi | 나가사와 마사미 | Zhou Zhi Kang | Zhou Zhi Wen | Kandy (Sugar Club) | Miyazaki Hayao
Director: Miyazaki Goro 宮崎吾朗 宫崎吾朗 宮崎吾朗 Miyazaki Goro
Producer: Miyazaki Hayao 宮崎駿 宫崎骏 宮崎駿 Miyazaki Hayao
Release Date: 2012-09-04
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: No Subtitle
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: I
Duration: 90 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031312219

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Director: Miyazaki Goro

Set in Yokohama in the year 1963. “From Up ON Poppy Hill” is a love story whose main characters are in high school students who were to become the first generation of a new Japan. As the country begins to pick itself up from the devastation of the Second World War, the new generation struggles with moving forward into a prosperous future while trying not to lose the things from the past that make them who they are. The film’s rich color palate captures the beauty of Yokohama’s harbor setting and its lush surrounding hillsides. The film’s soundtrack captures the bustle and bustle of a developing Yokohama and the lively music of the period.
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Professional Review of "From Up On Poppy Hill (VCD) (Hong Kong 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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Customer Review of "From Up On Poppy Hill (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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October 7, 2014

This customer review refers to From Up On Poppy Hill (2011) (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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