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‘Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)’

by Mark Schilling

Director: Goro Miyazaki

Language: Japanese (dubbed/subtitled in English)

Studio Ghibli has released the U.K. Blu-ray and DVD of Goro Miyazaki’s 2011 animation “Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill).” Co-scripted by Hayao Miyazaki, the film is a nostalgic period piece about the campaign by Yokohama college students, circa 1963, to save their ramshackle clubhouse from demolishment. If you liked Nikkatsu’s melodramatic youth films of the 1960s (Miyazaki Sr. is reportedly a fan) you’ll probably enjoy this.