"From Up on Poppy Hill" is based on the Manga of the same title, and centers on a group of teenagers attempting to save their clubhouse from demolition in the wake of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics preparations. Like "Whisper of the Heart" (also from a Miyazaki script), "Poppy Hill" seems to linger in melancholic adolescent exchanges, with sentences that trail off and complicated revelations about family issues.
As The Playlist points out, this is the first Ghibli film since the '90s not to be taken under Disney's distribution wing. Instead, GKIDS, who facilitated the excellent Ghibli touring program earlier this year, is taking the reins.
No U.S. release date has yet been announced.