animated movie From Up on Poppy Hill © Studio Ghibli
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From Up on Poppy Hill

Umi Matsuzaki is looking after her family's affairs and boarding house while her mother is abroad studying medical in the States. One day at school, she finds that a poem about flags has been published in the school's newspaper, flags which she raises as a wish for safe voyages. That same day she also meets Shin Kazama, as he performs a dangerous stunt for the paper. The next day, Umi's gets dragged into the school's clubhouse by her friend, to meet with Shin, who they find working on the newspaper. Umi gets talked into writing for the paper and the two find themselves working together to try and save the school's dilapidated clubhouse from demolition.

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Warning: long preamble. When they first appeared on the West's radar, Ghibli were often referred to as 'Japan's Disney' or somesuch, and the comparison persisted. Recently it's struck me how misleading...
Created by: Studio Ghibli
Language: English subtitled / English dub / Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Alternate Title: Kokuriko-zaka kara (Japan)
[ Japanese ] Featuring the voices of:
Masami Nagasawa ... Umi Matsuzaki
Jun'ichi Okada ... Shun Kazama, Yuichiro Sawamura
Keiko Takeshita ... Hana Matsuzaki
Yuriko Ishida ... Miki Hokuto
Rumi Hiiragi ... Sachiko Hirok˘ji
Jun Fubuki ... Ryoko Matsuzaki
Takashi Nait˘ ... Yoshio Onodera
Shunsuke Kazama ... Shir˘ Mizunuma, Hiroshi Tachibana
Nao ďmori ... Akio Kazama
[ English dub ] Featuring the voices of:
Sarah Bolger ... Umi Matsuzaki
Anton Yelchin ... Shun Kazama
Gillian Anderson ... Hana Matsuzaki
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Ryoko Matsuzaki
Christina Hendricks ... Miki Hokuto
Chris Noth ... Akio Kazama
Bruce Dern ... Yoshio Onodera
Charlie Saxton ... Shiro Mizunuma
Beau Bridges ... Chairman Tokumaru
Directed by: Goro Miyazaki
Produced by: Toshio Suzuki, Tetsur˘ Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi
Executive Producers: Nobuo Kawakami
Musical Score by: Satoshi Takebe
Writing Credits: Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
Art Directors: Kamon Oba, Takashi Omori, Yohei Takamatsu and Noboru Yoshida
Based on: the Manga by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama.
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