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Kokurikozaka kara

Kokurikozaka kara

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English: From Up on Poppy Hill
Synonyms: Kokuriko-saka kara, Kokuriko-zaka kara, Coquelicot Saka kara
Japanese: コクリコ坂から


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 16, 2011
Duration: 1 hr. 35 min.
Rating: G - All Ages
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The 1964 Tokyo Olympics represented a new start for Japan—out with the old Meiji-era buildings that reminded citizens of bad times, in with innovation that spoke to the future of a newly peaceful and increasingly prosperous country.

Umi, a shy teenaged girl, manages a boarding house on the Yokohama seaside. Her father was killed in the war and her mother travels constantly, so in addition to attending high school, Umi must also run the family business. Her classmate Shun, an orphan unsure of his lineage, lives with a few other students in the old high-school clubhouse, a French-style, mansion that's set to be demolished as part of the current modernization project. Shun and his schoolmates refuse to let this happen.

As much as they fear losing their shelter, they are also appalled at what they see as the erasure of their history. As the students organize a protest, Shun and Umi grow closer. What begins as a friendship develops into something deeper as these two lonely teenagers find a mutual understanding and trust. Yet when Shun starts to investigate his past, secrets emerge that threaten to tear the two apart.

(Source: Toronto International Film Festival)

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Adaptation: Coquelicot-zaka kara

Characters & Voice Actors

Kazama, Shun
Kazama, Shun
Okada, Junichi
Okada, Junichi
De Angelis, Lorenzo
De Angelis, Lorenzo
Matsuzaki, Umi
Matsuzaki, Umi
Nagasawa, Masami
Nagasawa, Masami
Bolger, Sarah
Bolger, Sarah
Teshima, Aoi
Teshima, Aoi
Osment, Emily
Osment, Emily


Suzuki, Toshio
Miyazaki, Gorou
Niwa, Keiko
Teshima, Aoi
Theme Song Performance

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Nov 10, 2013
Miyazaki Goro's sophomore attempt at directing proves that he can stand apart from his legendary father, but perhaps he is still walking in the shadow of the behemoth Studio Ghibli. However, his recent work does not back down in its fight to earn a place in their legacy.

From Up on Poppy Hill gives us the standard we expect from a Ghibli film: beautiful art, consistent and vibrant animation complementing stories and characters with either a whole lot of heart or charm and sometimes both. However, while Miyazaki makes all the right steps, he has a long way to go to give us something that is read more
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Oct 8, 2013
When people hear the words 'Studio Ghibli,' many have come to expect a masterpiece. This is both a blessing and a curse; whilst this does mean that more people watch these (usually pretty amazing) films, it also means that people can mistake 'imperfect' for 'bad.'

I can't speak for everyone, but I actually really enjoyed From Up on Poppy Hill. The characters were likeable - not particularly in-depth or rich, but likeable - and the quirky supporting cast were always there to pick up any slack. In fact, I would say that the supporting cast is one of my favourites from a Ghibli film so read more
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Jan 5, 2014
The title of "From Up On Poppy Hill" is somewhat of a tone-setter: chances are, if you live in an English-speaking country, you've already seen one of these "remembrance poppies" revering the memory of fallen soldiers. Studio Ghibli mourns the dead in Poppy Hill, a movie that aches for the bygone happiness of the past.

It's 1963, one year before the Summer Olympics of Tokyo. Umi lives up the hill above the port of Yokohama—every morning, she raises maritime flags as messages to her deceased father, a sailor in times gone by. In this backdrop we see her daily life unfold, as the young girl joins read more
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Sep 18, 2011
From up on Poppy Hill, another great addition to the Ghibli Studio collection in my opinion. Let me start off by saying that what attracts me to to any work associated with Hayao Miyazaki is the element of magic, creative settings and unforgettable characters. Even Tales of EarthSea, directed by Goro Miyazaki (same director for this movie) had some of these elements...however, you wont necessarily find that when you watch From up on Poppy Hill.

Story 8/10

The story is about family, love and determination. I found that each of these elements were strongly portrayed throughout movie by the two main characters and in the end read more
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Sweet stories of young teens enjoying the small moments of life. Though subtle, the little pinches of emotional scenes are cute and joyous, catering to all type of peoples.
Chronicles of youth, love, friendship and family in a 60's setting
Both have a very relaxed, somewhat "slice of life" feel to them, yet still pack an emotional punch. The atmosphere in both can best be described as a "lazy Sunday afternoon" feel. Definitely check out Asatte no Houkou!
Both films are set in postwar Japan and explore the relationship between its traditional and modern society.
Set in 1960s Japan, both movies rely heavily on nostalgia. But "Kukurikozaka Kara" is by far the better of the two, with solid animation, an engrossing story and cultural references celebrating the time-period.
Both works are set in the Showa period during which Japan experienced rapid modernization. Specifically, both occur around the time Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics. While the two works have different approaches to introducing viewers to the Showa period, they portray the conflicts that occurred between the traditional Japanese society and those who would learn from Western cultures. These stories show the viewers how modernization affected the middle class who live in the suburbs of Tokyo.

Opening Theme

Sayonara no Natsu ~Kokurikozaka kara~ (さよならの夏 〜コクリコ坂から〜) by Aoi Teshima

Ending Theme

"Sayonara no Natsu ~Kokurikozaka Kara~ (さよならの夏~コクリコ坂から~)" by Aoi Teshima

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