“From Up on Poppy Hill” written by Hayao Miyazaki, directed by his son Goro Miyazaki, opens at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway on April 12. Winner: Japan Academy Prize 2011, Animation of the Year. The Loft just hosted a Hayao Miyazaki film series of 8 animated films in January. This is the latest film.
From the iconic and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) comes From Up on Poppy Hill, written by legendary studio founder and Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki. This uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story marks the first feature film collaboration between father and son, and the results are stunning.
Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. The top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, From Up on Poppy Hill captures the innocence of new love as well as the beauty of Yokohama’s harbor and lush surroundings. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly detail, From Up on Poppy Hill provides a pure, sincere, and nuanced evocation of the past (buoyed by an upbeat soundtrack of period pop music), and marks yet another creative triumph for Studio Ghibli.
The star-filled voice cast also includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks and Ron Howard, among many others. (Dir. by Goro Miyazaki, 2011, Japan, dubbed in English & subtitled in English 2011, 91 min) Digital.
I’ve seen most of Miyazaki’s animated films, so I’m looking forward to seeing this new one as well.