10 Characters In “From Up On Poppy Hill” DVD + Giveaway
When From Up On Poppy Hill arrived, I was planning on just letting my kids watch it and asking them whether they liked it or not. I would eventually get around to watching it, but I was super busy and had about a thousand things to do! I had also never seen a Japanese anime movie before and wasn’t sure if I could get used to the different style of animation. So I put the movie in for them, sat down to get it started, and didn’t get up for the next 90 minutes! I fell in love with Umi from the very beginning. She was so independent, but had the sweetest personality. I was also fascinated with the Japanese culture and learned a lot about what the day to day life was like for a teenager growing up in the 60′s. From Up On Poppy Hill had an interesting story line, several intriguing characters, and a fantastic soundtrack! I watched with my three youngest kids and they all sat through the entire movie. They also loved the music and the bright colored animation. I had to explain a few parts to them that were a little “over their heads”, but we all enjoyed the movie and I would recommend it to anyone whether they have seen an anime film or not!
Here is a list of 10 Characters In “From Up On Poppy Hill”:
1 – Umi Matsuzaki - The oldest daughter of a family that runs a lodging house.
2 – Shun Kazama - The school newspaper president whom Umi takes an interest in.
3 – Hana Matsuzaki - Umi’s maternal grandmother.
4 – Ryoko Matsuzaki - Umi’s mother and a researcher at a US university. (voiced by Jamie Lee Curtis)
5 – Miki Hokuto - A doctor-in-training staying at Coquelicot’s apartment.
6 – Yoshio Onodera - A ship captain and an old friend of Umi and Shun’s parents.
7 – Shirō Mizunuma - The student council president and Shun’s friend.
8 – Chief Director Tokumaru - The chairman of the high school and a businessman living in Tokyo.
9 – Sora Matsuzaki - Umi’s 11-year-old sister.
10 – Yūichirō Sawamura - Umi’s father who was killed in the Korean War.
Here is the official synopsis - The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. 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. The sense of yearning and new possibility is palpable (the upbeat mood is set perfectly by the period pop music), evoking both a wide-eyed hope for the future, and an aching nostalgia for a past that can never be recovered.
From Up On Poppy Hill is available now on Amazon or your favorite local retailer. It’s available on Blu-ray+ DVD 2-Pack ($34.95 ARV) or DVD 2-Pack ($29.94 ARV).