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Trailer Watch: Quiet, Melancholic 'From Up on Poppy Hill' Looks to Be a Strong Studio Ghibli Entry

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 8, 2012 at 1:40PM

The trailer for the latest Studio Ghibli film, "From Up on Poppy Hill," has landed. Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Goro, this quiet coming-of-age drama recalls one of Ghibli's best films, 1995's "Whisper of the Heart."
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"From Up on Poppy Hill"
"From Up on Poppy Hill"

The trailer for the latest Studio Ghibli film, "From Up on Poppy Hill," has landed. Written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Goro, this quiet coming-of-age drama recalls one of Ghibli's best films, 1995's "Whisper of the Heart."

"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.

This article is related to: Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, From Up on Poppy Hill, GKIDS


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.