From Up on Poppy Hill (U)

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From Up On Poppy Hill

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Time Out says

Tue Jul 30 2013

For those familiar with ‘Princess Mononoke’, ‘Spirited Away’ and a host of other Studio Ghibli delights, the prospect of a new adventure from Japan’s legendary animators is exciting. ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’ is the second film from Goro Miyazaki (son of the studio’s founder), who made his directorial debut with ‘Tales from Earthsea’.

Set in the 1960s, this is the gently romantic tale of Umi and Shun, a pair of teenagers who develop feelings for one another as they campaign to save their beloved student club house from demolition. They then realise it’s possible they are related. Story-wise, this is the polar opposite of big-budget US animation, which would bin the storyline as ridiculously uncommercial – though ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’ was a huge hit in Japan. Its underlying themes of a nation remaking its self-image are presumably part of the appeal at home, but a greater sense of urgency would improve matters. The gorgeous score and subtle visual craft save this entry in the Ghibli canon from mediocrity. But given what the studio is capable of, it’s not everything fans will be hoping for.

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Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Aug 2, 2013

Duration:

92 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Goro Miyazaki

Voices:

Sarah Bolger, Anton Yelchin, Ron Howard

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Parismio

So you're criticizing the movie for not being an urgent fantasy adventure like their many other fantastical films instead of understanding that this isn't like them? Eh. Also, don't speak for the fans. Not every film of theirs has to have severely high stakes.