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Review: From Up on Poppy Hill | Paste Magazine

Adapted from the graphic novel by anime master Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle) and directed by his son Goro (Tales from Earthsea), From Up on Poppy Hill is a lush and lyrical ode to a generation pivoting between the painful past and the promise of the future. Set in 1963 in the harbor city of Yokohama, the hand-drawn 2D ’toon captures a moment in time when Japan is still struggling to recover and rebuild in the wake of World War II while eagerly preparing for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Against this backdrop, high schoolers Umi (voiced in the English-language version by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (Anton Yelchin) meet cute and embark on a chaste romance complicated by secrets surrounding their births.

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