The dazzling, hand-drawn FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is set in Yokohama in 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) - but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. From a screenplay by Academy Award®-winner Hayao Miyazaki, the English language version is directed by multiple Academy Award®-winner Gary Rydstrom from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick (James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, Charlotte's Web) and features an all-star English voice cast including Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy executive produced. - From the Press Release
From up on Poppy Hill was directed by Goro Miyazaki and written by Hayao Miyazaki. It is their first feature-length collaboration. The film is based on the a manga series of the same name illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi and written by Tetsuro Sayama.
From Up on Poppy Hill is available as of September 3, 2013 in Blu-ray+ DVD combo and DVD. The film was provided to The Qwillery by Cinedigm/GKIDS, who have released the film in North America. We watched both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film for this review.
Review by Trinitytwo and Qwill