From Up on Poppy Hill

Kokuriko-zaka Kara

dir. Goro Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill

Kokuriko-zaka Kara

dir. Goro Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill

Kokuriko-zaka Kara

dir. Goro Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill

Kokuriko-zaka Kara

dir. Goro Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill

Kokuriko-zaka Kara

dir. Goro Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill

Kokuriko-zaka Kara

dir. Goro Miyazaki

From Up on Poppy Hill

Kokuriko-zaka Kara

dir. Goro Miyazaki

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Co-scripted by the great Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro, From Up on Poppy Hill is beautiful nostalgia piece about a teenage girl coming of age in 1960s Tokyo.

The highest-grossing Japanese film released in Japan in 2011 (co-written by the legendary director and Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, and directed by his son Goro) is a story of young love and cultural renewal set in 1960s Tokyo. Every morning, the teenage Umi raises flags as a blessing to passing sailors, and her goodwill catches the attention of schoolmate Shun, who writes the anonymous flag-raiser a poem in the school newspaper. Joining Shun's campaign to save the school clubhouse from being destroyed as Tokyo prepares for the 1964 Olympics, Umi soon falls for the charming and passionate young activist. Featuring gorgeous animation, a surprisingly eclectic score (surf music in a Ghibli film!), and evoking such gently humanistic Ghibli classics as Only Yesterday, the lovely, understated From Up on Poppy Hill is "one of the shimmering highlights of the year.... [it] revels in coincidence, dawning sexuality and an ardent belief in the power of goodness" (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune).