Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill gets a subtitled trailer

Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara) was originally released in Japan in July 2011 and ended up earning $56 million, making it the highest grossing Japanese film of that year. Despite the success, getting the film out to western territories has taken a while.

Just a couple of months back in June came the news that GKIDS, an independent distributor for animated films, would be releasing the film across the US. Since Spirited Away, Disney has often been the one that picked up Ghibli’s films for US distribution. What makes this a little weird is that Disney is one of the companies that co-funded Ghibli’s latest as well. With GKIDS acquiring From Up on Poppy Hill, the film might not get as wide a rollout, but they do intend to release it across the US in its original Japanese language with English subtitles. Also, Studio Ghibli themselves appear to be working with producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall in producing an English language version.

Based on a 1980s manga of the same name, by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama, Goro Miyazaki directs the film from a screenplay adapted by his father Hayao, and Keiko Niwa. Taking place in Yokohama, 1963, a year before the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Umi and Shaun lead a group of teens trying to prevent their school clubhouse from being demolished by a businessman with plans for redevelopment. In the process they both deal with family secrets as well as their feelings towards each other.

A subtitled trailer has recently appeared to coincide with Madman’s Reel Anime event which takes place in Australia in September.

From Up on Poppy Hill is expected to be released in the US in March 2013. At the moment there is no sign of a UK release.

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