From Up on Poppy Hill a Studio Ghibli film that was released in Japan on July 16, 2011. It was directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of Hayao Miyazaki and the director of the 2006 film Tales from Earthsea.
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The Story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means "I pray for safe voyages".
A 17 year-old boy, Shun, always sees this flag from the sea as he rides a tugboat to school. In preparation for next year's Tokyo Olympics, people are destroying the old and believing only in the magnificence of the new.
In that time, at a high school in Yokohama, a small struggle occurred. The building of the Culture Club, nicknamed Latin Quatier, old but full of history and memories. People were questioning if it should be deserted or preserved. In the middle of this, Umi and Shun meet. Shun appeals to the students who want to protect the building. Umi suggests a big clean up of the building to show its good parts.
Gradually the pair are drawn to each other but they are faced with a sudden trial: they might be brother-and-sister. Even so, they keep going without running from reality. In the end, it's revealed that Umi and Shun aren't related in any way (so they're free to be together) and learn the full true story of how their parents met, loved and lived.
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|Character||Original name (kana, roumaji)||Voice actor (seiyuu)|
|Shun Kazama||風間 俊, Kazama Shun||Junichi Okada|
|Umi Matsuzaki||松崎 海, Matsuzaki Umi||Masami Nagasawa, Aoi Watanabe (young)|
|Hana Matsuzaki||松崎 花, Matsuzaki Hana||Keiko Takeshita|
|Ryouko Matsuzaki||松崎 良子, Matsuzaki Ryouko||Jun Fubuki|
|Miki Hokuto||北斗 美樹, Hokuto Miki||Yuriko Ishida|
|Yoshio Onodera||小野寺 善雄, Onodera Yoshio||Takashi Naito|
|Shirou Mizunuma||水沼 史郎, Mizunuma Shirou||Shunsuke Kazama|
|Akio Kazama||風間 明雄, Kazama Akio||Nao Oumori|
|Tokumaru||徳丸, Tokumaru||Teruyuki Kagawa|
|Sora Matsuzaki||松崎 空, Matsuzaki Sora||Haruka Shiraishi|
|Riku Matsuzaki||松崎 陸, Matsuzaki Riku||Tsubasa Kobayashi|
|Sachiko Hirokoji||広小路 幸子, Hirokouji Sachiko||Rumi Hiiragi|
|Nobuko Kadoya & Yuuko||横山 信子, Yokoyama Noboku & 悠子, Yuuko||Aoi Teshima, Toshimi Kanno|
|History teacher||-||Goro Miyazaki|
|Yuuichirou Sawamura||澤村 雄一郎, Sawamura Yuuichirou||Junichi Okada|
|Yamazaki||山崎, Yamazaki||Hiroki Tanaka|
|Screenplay||Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa|
Shun asks his father about his biological father. At that moment a ship, named Kogenai Line, drives past Akio's boat. Line means maru in Japanese. Kogenai Maru is the ship in the film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
At the first minutes of the film, Shun drives to school and he stops at crossroads. Across from him there is a store with the Coke sign on it. Although the movie takes place in the early 1960s, the "Coke" sign over the store has a swoosh. That didn't become part of the Coca-Cola logo until 1969.
|Canada , USA||March 15, 2013||theatre||GKids|
|UK||August 2, 2013||theatre||Optimum|
|Australia , New Zealand||September 13, 2012||theatre||Reel Anime|
|Japan||July 16, 2011||theatre||Toho|
|Germany||November 21, 2013||theatre||Universum|
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