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. A 16-year-old girl, Umi, lives in the boarding house called a "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, in preparation for next year's Tokyo Summer Olympics, people are destroying the old things because they believe only in the magnificence of the new.

In that time, at a high school in Yokohama, a small struggle occurred. The building of the Culture Club, nicknamed Latin Quatier, old but full of history and memories. People were questioning if it should be deserted or preserved. In the middle of this, Umi and Shun meet. Shun appeals to the students who want to protect the building. Umi suggests a big clean up of the building to show its good parts.

Gradually the pair are drawn to each other but they are faced with a sudden trial: they might be brother-and-sister. Even so, they keep going without running from reality. In the end, it's revealed that Umi and Shun aren't related in any way (so they're free to be together) and 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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