From Up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から Kokurikozaka kara, "From Coquelicot Hill") a Studio Ghibli film that was released in Japan on July 16, 2011. It was directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of Hayao Miyazaki and the director of the 2006 film Tales from Earthsea.


The story is set in Yokohama, Japan in 1963. In preparation for the next year's Tokyo Summer Olympics, people are destroying the old things because they believe only in the magnificence of the new.

A 16-year-old girl, Umi, lives in the boarding house called "Coquelicot Manor", which is located on the hill overlooking the harbour of the Port of Yohohama in Japan. Each morning, she raises a set of signal flags with message "I pray for safe voyages". A 17-year-old boy, Shun, always sees this flag from the sea as he rides a tugboat to school.

Meanwhile, at a Umi's and Shun's high school in Yokohama, a disupute raises about the fate of old school's club house called Latin Quartier. While the school administration wants to demolish old and dilapidated building, group of students including Shun stuggle to preserve it. During all these events Umi and Shun meet for the first time. Umi starts to help him and his comrades. and she suggests a big clean up of the building to show its good parts.

Gradually Umi and Shun are drawn to each other, but a sudden obstacle appears: Shun finds out that they might be brother and sister. But Umi refuses to give up on her feelings, and she tells Shun that she still loves him.

Finally, Umi and Shun travel to Tokyo to meet with school's board chairman, and managed to persuade him to postpone Latin Quartier demolition until his inspection. Being amazed with buidling restoration by students, the chairman cancels the demolition of Latin Quartier. But during all of this, Umi and Shun get a chance to get the truth about their relation. It seems that an old sea captain, Yoshio Onodera, a friend of their fathers, currently is in Yokohama. But his ship departs soon, so Umi and Shun rush to the harbor, board the tugboat, and sail to him.

They made in time, and old sailor reveales a truth to them. Umi and Shun aren't related in any way after all, which means that they're free to be together. Finally Umi and Shun learn the full true story of how their parents met, loved and lived.

Voice cast

→ See also English cast

Japanese Cast:

Character Original name (kana, roumaji) Voice actor (seiyuu)
Shun Kazama風間 俊, Kazama ShunJunichi Okada
Umi Matsuzaki松崎 海, Matsuzaki UmiMasami Nagasawa, Aoi Watanabe (young)
Hana Matsuzaki松崎 花, Matsuzaki HanaKeiko Takeshita
Ryōko Matsuzaki松崎 良子, Matsuzaki RyoukoJun Fubuki
Miki Hokuto北斗 美樹, Hokuto MikiYuriko Ishida
Yoshio Onodera小野寺 善雄, Onodera YoshioTakashi Naito
Shirou Mizunuma水沼 史郎, Mizunuma ShirouShunsuke Kazama
Akio Kazama風間 明雄, Kazama AkioNao Omori
Tokumaru徳丸, TokumaruTeruyuki Kagawa
Sora Matsuzaki松崎 空, Matsuzaki SoraHaruka Shiraishi
Riku Matsuzaki松崎 陸, Matsuzaki RikuTsubasa Kobayashi
Sachiko Hirokoji広小路 幸子, Hirokouji SachikoRumi Hiiragi
Nobuko Yokoyama & Yuuko横山 信子, Yokoyama Noboku & 悠子, YuukoAoi Teshima, Toshimi Kanno
History teacher -Goro Miyazaki
Yūichirō Sawamura澤村 雄一郎, Sawamura YuuichirouJunichi Okada
Yamazaki山崎, YamazakiHiroki Tanaka


Credit Cast
DirectorGoro Miyazaki
ProducerToshio Suzuki
ScreenplayHayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa
MusicSatoshi Takebe
CinematographyAtsushi Okui
EditTakeshi Seyama


From Up on Poppy Hill#Production

Easter Eggs

Kogenai Line of Poppy Hill

Shun asks his father about his biological father. At that moment a ship, named Kogenai Line, drives past Akio's boat. Line means maru in Japanese. Kogenai Maru is the ship in the film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

Ghibli of Poppy Hill

On Yoshio Onodera's ship Koyo Maru Yokohama, there is a cabine "Ghibli" is written on it.


Goof of Poppy Hill

At the first minutes of the film, Shun drives to school and he stops at crossroads. Across from him there is a store with the Coke sign on it. Although the movie takes place in the early 1960s, the "Coke" sign over the store has a swoosh. That didn't become part of the Coca-Cola logo until 1969.[1]


→ See From Up on Poppy Hill/Release

Country Release Date Format Publisher
Canada Ca, USA USMarch 15, 2013theatreGKIDS
UK UkAugust 2, 2013theatreStudioCanal
Australia Au, New Zealand NzSeptember 13, 2012theatreReel Anime
Japan JaJuly 16, 2011theatreToho
Germany DeNovember 21, 2013theatreUniversum


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  1. Acht Buchstaben, ein Bindestrich (german), Journey Redaktion, retrieved November 1st, 2015
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