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FROM UP ON POPPY HILL



PG for mild thematic elements and some incidental smoking images. On DVD 9/03. Ok for kids 8+.

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of "Spirited Away," "Howl's Moving Castle," and "The Secret World of Arrietty," comes another animated triumph. It's 1963, and Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. The mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. Against a backdrop of hope, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi (Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. This movie is directed by Goro Miyazaki from a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki. When it comes to films for kids, isn't get any better than this cast and crew.

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Jane Boursaw

Jane Boursaw

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more.



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