From Up on Poppy Hill

(Kokuriko-zaka kara) コクリコ坂から
Japan 2011. Dir: Gorō Miyazaki. 91 min. DCP

Presented with Vancouver Maritime Museum

Co-scripted by anime master Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Gorō Miyazaki, this lovingly hand-drawn film from Studio Ghibli is a poignant, tender coming-of-age drama adapted from a 1980 manga. The setting is 1963 in the bustling seaside town of Yokohama; Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics. The film tells of a blossoming romance between high-school teens Umi and Shun, who meet after Shun writes a poem about the signal flags he spots each morning — the same ones Umi, daughter of a deceased naval officer, has been dutifully hoisting. Their bond is tested when, while working together to save a dilapidated, Meiji-era club house from demolition, a family secret emerges. “Frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).

In consideration of our younger audience, the English-dubbed version of the film will be screened.


From Up on Poppy Hill
is presented in conjunction with Vancouver Maritime Museum’s exhibition The Lost Fleet, on view at VMM till June 2018. For more information, visit



"A lovely example of the strong realist tendency in Japanese animation. Its visual magic lies in painterly compositions ... Its emotional impact comes from the way everyday life is washed in the colors of memory."

New York Times | full review

"Maintains an optimistic tone without succumbing to nostalgia, and as always with Studio Ghibli, the hand-drawn animation is gorgeous."

Chicago Reader | full review

Free popcorn and “Film Club” badge
for ages 13 & under!
Kid-friendly start time: 11:00 am!