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New Studio Ghibli Film FROM UP ON POPPY HILL Opens Friday in NYC [message #43060] Fri, 15 March 2013 09:46
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GKIDS is extremely proud to present FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (コクリコ坂から, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, 2011), the highly anticipated new film from Studio Ghibli, creators of SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, PONYO, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY and many other animated masterpieces. Written by legendary studio founder Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL marks the first feature film collaboration between father and son. The results are stunning -- a pure, sincere, nuanced and heartfelt film that signals yet another triumph for the esteemed studio.

The top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL opens in New York on March 15, Los Angeles and Toronto on March 22, and expands to major North American markets on March 29.

The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers masterfully bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its salty air, sun-drenched gardens, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film (plan on ramen and pork katsu after the movie). The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics -- and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. But -- in an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing -- a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.

More than any Studio Ghibli film, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL embodies a specific time and place and captures the emotional landscape of its setting. This sense of yearning and possibility is palpable (the upbeat mood is captured perfectly by the period pop music), evoking both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and a longing nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered.

Star-filled voice cast includes Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES), Sarah Bolger (THE TUDORS), Beau Bridges (THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS), Jamie Lee Curtis (TRUE LIES), Bruce Dern (BIG LOVE), Jeff Dunham (ARGUING WITH MYSELF), Isabelle Fuhrman (THE HUNGER GAMES), Christina Hendricks (MAD MEN), Ron Howard (AMERICAN GRAFFITI), Chris Noth (THE GOOD WIFE), Emily Osment (HANNAH MONTANA), Aubrey Plaza (PARKS AND RECREATION), Charlie Saxton (HUNG), Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin (STAR TREK).

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