From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara) Thursday, 20 June 2019

From Up On Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    Sends the right signals.

  • Starring:

    Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada, Keiko Takeshita, Yuriko Ishida, Rumi Hiiragi, Jun Fubuki, Takashi Naitô, Shunsuke Kazama

  • Directed by:

    Goro Miyazaki

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People at a debate shout, grapple. A boy jumps from a roof into a pool. Korean War (mentioned). A battleship hits a mine; explosion, loss of life (flashback). Blood/gore: Bandaged hand (cat-scratch). An animal skull rests on a shelf.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, beer). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Family, identity, student clubs, university, friendship, young love, adoption, biological/adoptive parenting, 1964 Tokyo Olympics, defending what you believe in, legacy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased baby, maternal death, deceased father, deceased parents, pregnancy, orphans (discussed). Birds (seagulls, crane), centipede, dog. Taxidermy (stuffed bird). Fish, pork, beef jerky is eaten. Urination (implied), snot. Full moon. Japanese language (subtitled or dubbed). Original title is Kokuriko-zaka kara.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Deals with complex emotions. Charming tone and atmosphere; poetic. Luminous animation.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Subdued compared to Hayao Miyazaki's previous pictures.

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