Studio Ghibli’s inspiring coming of age story

© 2011 Chizuru Takahashi - Tetsuro Sayama - Studio Ghibli -NDHDMT

From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke) comes From Up on Poppy Hill, a uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story.

Set in 1963 Yokohama, Japan, the film tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl living in a boarding house. When Umi meets Shun Kazama, a member of the school's newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school's clubhouse. However, Tokumaru, the chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment and Umi and Shun, along with Shirō Mizunuma, must persuade him to reconsider.

© 2011 Chizuru Takahashi - Tetsuro Sayama - Studio Ghibli -NDHDMT

From Up on Poppy Hill will screen at Massey University’s Auckland campus at Albany on Wednesday August 1. The monthly Japanese films play on the first Wednesday of the month, at 6.15pm. Preceding the main feature is a short documentary on life and culture in Japan, which starts at 6pm. Unless specified, the films are screened in the Atrium Round Room on the ground floor of the Atrium Building. There is free parking available on campus.

Director: Goro Miazaki

Running time: 91 minutes

Rating: G – Suitable for general audiences

For more information on the Japanese films visit the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland website here.

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