From up on poppy hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara, From Coquelicot Hill)

Source : a manga illustrated by Chizuru Takahashi and written by Tetsurō Sayama.
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa.
Drama, Slice of Life,Romance.
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Movie duration: 1h 30 m



Umi Matsuzaki: the beautiful and hardworking protagonist.
Shun Kazama: The president of the newspaper club.
Sora Matsuzaki: Umi’s younger sister.
Shirō Mizunuma: Student council president.
Chief Director Tokumaru: The chairman of the high school.


Umi Matsuzaki, after losing her father in the Korean War, started living with her grandmother, as her mother had to go abroad for pursuing medical career. Umi used help out with the chores of the boarding house owned by her grandmother. As the story proceeds, Umi falls for Shun Kazama, the president of the newspaper club in their school. Due to the modernization of Japan after second world war several old buildings were ordered to be demolished and their school’s cultural club house building was one of them.  Shun along with the other clubs were protesting to save their club house from being demolished. The story line unfolds showing how they saves their club house and handle the trials thrown in the way of their love.


“Don’t extinguish the flame of culture.”
-latin quarters

“You can not move into the future without first knowing the past.”

“Some of us aren’t so ready to let go of the past and sometimes the past is not ready to let go of us either.”

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