Synopsis by Perry Seibert
Set in Tokyo a few months before the 1964 Olympic Games, From Up On Poppy Hill tells the story of Umi, a teenager whose father died during wartime, a fact that causes her to shoulder much responsibility for her family's business in addition to maintaining good grades at school. Her orphan friend Shun lives in a mansion with dozens of other kids on the school grounds, and when their home is threatened by demolition, Umi and the others do their best to stop their dwelling from being destroyed. From Up On Poppy Hill is the second feature by Goro Miyazaki, the son of acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki and played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
adoption, father, first-love, Japan, school