This Tuesday, September 3rd, the find folks at Gkids are releasing a gorgeous new Blu-ray for Studio Ghibli’s latest home video release here in the States: From Up On Poppy Hill.
Directed by Gorō Miyazaki and written by his father, Hayao, From Up On Poppy Hill is a touching, beautifully animated tale set in 1963 Japan.
The setting is Yokohama in 1963, and the filmmakers lovingly bring to life the bustling seaside town, with its misty harbor, sun-drenched gardens, shops and markets, and some of the most mouthwatering Japanese home-cooking set to film. The story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics – and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. While the children work together to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, their tentative relationship begins to blossom. But – in an unexpected twist that parallels what the country itself is facing – a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.
I really enjoyed the film, although I’d recommend watching it in Japanese and skip the English dub.
Check out the trailer for the film:
The fine folks at Gkids & Cinedigm have offered you lovely readers the chance to win one of five copies of the Blu-ray.
How do you win said disc? Here are the rules:
- Fill out the form below (completely)
- Leave a comment below, with your favorite Studio Ghibli film.
- You must live in the US (sorry international folks)
- No PO Boxes.
- Make sure if you want to be entered, you leave a comment AND fill out the form. If you do only one or the other, you won’t qualify.
- Winners will be picked on Friday, September 6th at 11:59pm (Pacific). I’ll close the comment thread at that point.