Trailer for Studio Ghibli's 'From Up on Poppy Hill', directed by Goro Miyazaki
It can't be easy being the son of legendary animator and Studio Ghibli founder, Hayao Miyazaki, but Goro Miyazaki got off to a pretty darn good start in 2006 with his grandiose adaptation of Tales from Earthsea, but it was a long-time coming in waiting for his follow up. From Up on Poppy Hill finally hit Japanese theaters last year to relatively strong reviews, and now with a U.S. release right around the corner, an English-subtitled trailer has been unveiled.
Based on the manga of the same name, From Up on Poppy Hill follows a group of Yokohama teens navigating love and life while trying to stop a local businessman from demolishing their school clubhouse. Hayao Miyazaki co-wrote the script along with Keiko Niwa, and the film seems to follow many of the filmmaker's usual themes of ecological responsibility and family tradition, along with the warm-hearted tone that has become his staple. Goro appears to be mimicking his father's simple, classical direction here, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The film will hit theaters in Los Angeles for a one-week run in November in order to qualify for the Academy Awards, then will open for a national run next March. Check out the trailer for From Up on Poppy Hill below....