It seems the whole country is eager to get rid of the old and make way for the new. But some of us aren't so ready to let go of the past.
— UmiFrom Up on Poppy Hill
/コクリコ坂から) is a 2011 Studio Ghibli
film by director Goro Miyazaki. It is Goro Miyazaki's second film for Studio Ghibli. In contrast to his first work, Tales from Earthsea
, his new effort was rather well received. It's based on the 1980s manga series Kokuriko-zaka kara
by Tetsuo Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi.
The heroine, Umi Matsuzaki, is a high school girl in Yokohama of 1963. From her home on Poppy Hill overlooking the bay, she raises flag signals every morning meaning "I pray for safe voyages". One day, she receives an answer, as it turns out, from Shun Kazama, one class above her.
In preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and following in step with an economic boom, Japan is quickly modernizing amidst growing student movements and social unrest, often razing the old to make way for the modern. At Umi's school, the old building of the Culture Club, nicknamed "Quartier Latin" by the students, is scheduled to be torn down. Can the students, including Umi and Shun, really do anything against this decision?Disney didn't want to release it
because of certain themes the movie touches upon, including incest
, and they have a strict "no cuts" agreement with Ghibli which meant they couldn't edit any part of the movie, which left the job to GKIDS. Eventually, a dubbed version was released into American theaters March 2013, with a DVD and Blu-Ray release following that fall.
This film provides examples of:
- Big Heroic Run: Towards the end, Umi and Shun race to find an old friend of their father.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Shun was adopted, and discovered he and Umi shared a father, Sawamura, who died in the war. The two conclude that although they love each other, their siblinghood makes any romantic relationship impossible. Later, it's revealed that Shun's real father is Tachibana, who died previously in the war, and that Sawamura legally registered him to avoid him growing up in an orphanage. For practical reasons, he decided to give him up to the Kazamas, who had recently lost a child.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Hiro, the painter living at the inn. When Sora calls Shun a "live wire" she assumes that he's an electrician's son, and asks if beef jerky is made with pork.
- Cry into Chest: After Umi's Mother reveals that Umi and Shun could not be siblings.
- Cue the Rain: Right before the Second Act Breakup.
- Everyone Can See It: Between Umi and Shun.
- Funny Background Event: The chairman visits the clubhouse, he asks the astronomy club what they've discovered. The student's answer "That the sun is very old and our lives are very short." Behind the chairman, the principal is very obviously facepalming in the background. The principal once again wears an extremely sardonic expression when the chairman announces that Quartier Latin will be preserved.
- Ghibli Hills: Due to being by the Trope Namer, of course!
- Gratuitous French: Especially "Quartier Latin" and "Kokuriko" (from "coquelicot" - corn poppy)
- Parental Abandonment: Neither Umi's nor Shun's birth parents are around, most are dead. Umi lives with her grandmother, Shun with his adoptive parents.
- Averted later in the film when Umi's mother returns from America.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Chairman Tokumaru, who jokes with Mizunuma, Shun, and Umi about their playing hooky to meet him in Tokyo and ultimately allows Quartier Latin to remain standing. This is in stark contrast to the Konan principal, who tries to go forward with demolishing Quartier Latin despite an impressive student-run remodeling effort and the student population swinging from 80% for demolition to a majority against.
- Replacement Goldfish: Umi's parents decided to give the orphaned newborn Shun to a couple who lost their child. Needless to say, the couple loved Shun right away.