FROM UP ON POPPY HILL Coming to Blu-ray and DVD
Following its US premiere at NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival, a three month NYC theatrical run, and the ongoing 200+ theater national release, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (コクリコ坂から, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, 2011), the wonderful new film from Studio Ghibli, is now coming to Blu-ray and DVD on the GKIDS animation label.
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, comes another animated triumph. The setting is Yokohama, 1963: 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 this backdrop of hope and change, 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. From a screenplay by Academy Award-winner Hayao Miyazaki and featuring an all-star English voice cast!
The Blu-ray and DVD release of FROM UP ON POPPY HILL contains over three hours of bonus materials and includes: original Japanese language and English language versions with subtitles and dubtitles; feature-length storyboards; celebrity cast recording featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews; an interview with director Goro Miyazaki; original Japanese trailer and TV spots; the music video for the theme song by Aoi Teshima; and a featurette about Yokohama, exploring the history of the sea-side setting where the film takes place.
Bonuses exclusive to the Blu-ray edition include a staff speech and press conference by Hayao Miyazaki days after the Fukushima earthquake; and a 20-page booklet containing the original project proposal by Hayao Miyazaki and a letter from Goro Miyazaki.
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Special Edition
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Language: Japanese, English
Subtitles: English, English Dubtitles
Running Time: 91 minutes
Celebrity Cast Recording Featurette
Interview with Goro Miyazaki
Original Japanese Trailers and TV Spots
Music Video “Summer of Farewells – From Up On Poppy Hill” performed by Aoi Teshima
Yokohama – Stories of Past and Present Featurette
Blu-ray/DVD Special Edition Exclusive Features
Hayao Miyazaki Press Conference
Hayao Miyazaki Staff Speech
Booklet including letters by Goro and Hayao Miyazaki
About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by Time Magazine.
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences. Theatrical releases include Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominated THE SECRET OF KELLS, Michel Ocelot’s acclaimed AZUR & ASMAR, European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner MIA AND THE MIGOO, Nina Paley’s multiple-award-winning SITA SINGS THE BLUES, and Japan Academy Prize winner SUMMER WARS by Mamoru Hosoda. Upcoming GKIDS releases include 2011 Berlin official selection A CAT IN PARIS and Annecy winner ELEANOR’S SECRET. GKIDS is also producer of New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens. NYICFF is an Oscar-qualifying event and jury members include Uma Thurman, Susan Sarandon, Gus van Sant, Matthew Modine, James Schamus, Michel Ocelot, and Christine Vachon.
For more information on FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- REEL ANIME Returns to Australia
- REEL ANIME Coming to Wellington and Christchurch
- FROM UP ON POPPY HILL English Language World Premiere
- New Studio Ghibli Film FROM UP ON POPPY HILL Opens Friday in NYC!
- FROM UP ON POPPY HILL English Language Trailer
- FROM UP ON POPPY HILL on Australian Blu-ray and DVD