Saturday, February 15, 2014
From Up On Poppy Hill Film Review!
I was thrilled to get a copy of Studio Ghibli's From Up on Poppy Hill. I am a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki and even though this was directed by his son this has the same charm you would come to expect from anything he touches. I was apprehensive at first because in the past I have enjoyed the fantastical films by Ghibli and this, at first glance, seemed to have such a rather normal story. However, I can now easily count it among my favorites.
Set in 1964, this beautiful film takes place among a group of teenagers who are trying to save the common house at their school from being knocked down to make way for new buildings for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The film is simple yet beautiful and somehow mixes a sweet, simple romance into the easy going plot. I was really routing for the crew of characters at the end and without trying to hard Umi and Shu swept me off my feet. As always I thought the dubbing was great and being a fan of animation its hard not to marvel at the scenery and style. I love seeing Japanese culture in Ghibli films, it makes me want to hop on a plan and head into the Pacific!