FILMCLUB: Out in Cinemas – From Up on Poppy Hill

Our friends at FILMCLUB are always keeping us up-to-date with the latest films out in cinema and on DVD. Here’s what they suggest you should go and see at the movies…

From Up on Poppy Hill  (U, 2011)

Director: Goro Miyazaki

Cast: Sarah Bolger, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Beau Bridges, Ron Howard, Gillian Anderson

This is a brand new animation is from the people who created Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro.

Set in Japan, during preparations for the 1964 Olympic Games, Umi is a teenager living with her grandmother on the picturesque Poppy Hill. She keeps herself busy by watching the boats and raising flags, always half-hoping to see her father, who’s no longer around.

Meanwhile, her friend Shun is working to prevent the demolition of a treasured clubhouse. As romance blossoms between Umi and Shun, a shocking revelation threatens their friendship. This pretty animation, based on a 1980s comic, is dubbed with an all-star English-speaking cast.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes? Whale Rider (2002, PG), Offside (2006, PG), Persepolis (2007, 12), Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (2007, PG)


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