Over the years, Studio Ghibli has become one of the most beloved and iconic names in animated cinema. Studio Ghibli is one of the few animation houses that still has a reverence for hand-drawn animation and nearly every film they release is nothing short of a master work; especially when the name Miyazaki is attached.
Studio Ghibli’s most recent creation is From Up on Poppy Hill. The following is a brief synopsis of the film:
From Academy Award(R) winner Hayao Miyazaki and director Goro Miyazaki comes this uniquely inspired coming-of-age story. Set in Yokohama in 1963, as Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics, the story centers on Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. But a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly detail, From Up on Poppy Hill provides a pure, sincere, and nuanced evocation of the past, and marks yet another creative triumph for Studio Ghibli.
Though most Studio Ghibli die-hard fans are probably well familiar with the film, given that it premiered in Japan in July of 2011, the film finds itself ready to meet a new audience when it lands in US theaters on March 15th (in limited release). Like many of Studio Ghibili’s US releases, all of the voices have been re-recorded with many of Hollywood’s biggest names and up-and-comers. For the time being the trailer isn’t embeddable, so check it out over at Apple Movie Trailers. It looks like yet another winner.