Studio Ghibli’s Latest to Debut in New York

From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest movie from esteemed Japanese animation creators Studio Ghibli, will be screened at the New York International Children’s Film Festival on March 16 and 17, a week prior to its March 29 U.S. release.

The 1960s-set film follows high school girl Umi Matsuzaki and her male classmate Shun Kazama, a member of the school’s newspaper club (hooray for journalism), as they work together to save their school clubhouse from being demolished.

Poppy Hill is the second film directed by Goro Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki’s son, and the first to feature music by Satoshi Takebe. Goro is often compared to his legendary father, but he has reiterated that he’s on his own path. “I were to choose the same path as my father I would never be able to reach the level he has attained,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

When Poppy Hill debuted in Japan in 2011, the movie grossed over 587 million yen (approx. $6.1 million USD) at the box office. Japan Academy Prize and Tokyo Anime Award awarded it “Animation of the Year” in 2012. And the Asia Pacific Screen Awards gave it “Best Animated Feature Film.” Outside of Japan, the animation won the “Writing in an Animated Feature Production” at the Los Angeles Annie Awards.

Outside of the Studio Ghibli premiere, there are a couple more to look out for at the Film Fest. Wolf Children, directed by Summer Wars‘ Mamoru Hosoda, will be screened on March 24. And Koji Masunari’s The Space Show will be screened on March 16.

Tickets can be purchased at GKids.com.

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