From Up On Poppy Hill Blu-ray/DVD

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About From Up On Poppy Hill Blu-ray/DVD

From Studio Ghibli, the creators of Spirited Away and The Secret World of Arrietty, comes From Up On Poppy Hill!

Yokohama, 1963. Umi is a high school student living in her family's hillside home overlooking the sea. Every morning she hoists two signal flags towards the bay, sending out a message. A poem about the flags is published in the school newspaper. Could the author be Shun, the daring newspaper editor who has drawn Umi's attention?

While the two teenagers join in the campaign to save their school's old clubhouse, their budding relationship takes an unexpected turn when they discover a secret surrounding their past. In a Japan at the crossroads of tradition and modernization, Umi and Shun share a moving story of friendship, love and hope.

Special Features: Director Goro Miyazaki on Yokohama, Yokohama - Stories of the Past and Present, "Summer Farewells" Music Video, English Voice Cast Featurette, Press Conference: Theme Song Announcement, Hayao Miyazaki's Speech After the Staff Screening, Japanese Trailers and Teasers, US Trailer, Booklet.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.


  • Publisher: GKIDS
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Themes: Historical, School Life, Slice of Life
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 91
  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • Dimensional Weight: 0.4
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

5 reviews

Decent Movie


This is another good movie from ghibli, but I wouldn't say it was their best one. The art work and story were good and any ghibli fan should give it a watch, but on overall ghibli movies I would say it fall in the middle.

Miyazaki Junior Tries Again... and Mostly Succeeds.


Following the disappointing reception of TALES FROM EARTHSEA, Goro Miyazaki nonetheless attempted another film, this time with a little help from his father. The end result, while still short of Studio Ghibli's best films, is nonetheless a superior and far more coherent work. More in the spirit of WHISPER OF THE HEART without any fantasy elements, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL may be too slow-going to appeal to anyone expecting something thrilling, but anyone who is a fan of Ghibli should enjoy it. The dub is top-notch as well, done by GKids as opposed to Disney, but there's no major difference in quality (which is a good thing). All the actors are fine in their roles -- including Gillian Anderson in her second Ghibli dub.

Watch in Japanese only or don't watch at all.


Anyone who says the Disney Ghibli dubs are any good are totally wrong. Quite, quite wrong. The bitter, honest genuine truth have all been objectively, utterly, and genuinely terrible, terrible travesties to the art form. I expected GKids would do better. Sadly, their dub for UP ON POPPY HILL is no better -- it's just more bored, atrociously dull line reads from big-names all pointlessly cast in a story which Gkids has no business messing to begin with, and utter butchery of the translations. They add in narrations, hire tone-deaf singers for the songs. It's just awful. Streamline should have been allowed to dub this, as they were the only ones who REALLY understood what dubbing truly is. As it is, I strongly suggest avoiding this dub and watching only in Japanese. Otherwise don't watch at all.

Solid but not memorable Ghibli outing. Great dub, though.


I'm all for watching Ghibli in Japanese, however, the dub for this movie is in no way bad. The performances are very well done and as usual, the translation is well written. Any "true fan" who claims otherwise... well, just watch the Japanese version but don't go around telling other people how to watch these movies.

Anyway, this is a better effort from Goro Miyazaki than TALES FROM EARTHSEA -- it isn't as confusing and of course, it's beautifully animated, but it's not memorable. It's a good film, but not much else.


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This is a nice story. The animation is amazing as to be expected by a Miyazaki film. It is not my favorite Studio Ghibli movie, but I'm sure I'll rewatch it as some point.