From Up on Poppy Hill, the latest film from Studio Ghibli will be available to UK Sky customers on Sky Movies Box Office from September 23. The film has had a limited UK cinema release with both dubbed and subtitled versions available to watch. You can find the film at select cinemas including Picture House Cinemas.

From Up on Poppy Hill is based on the 1980s Japanese comic of the same name.

Set in 1963 Yokohama, Japan, the film tells the story of Umi Matsuzaki, a high school girl living in a boarding house, Coquelicot Manor. When Umi meets Shun Kazama, a member of the school’s newspaper club, they decide to clean up the school’s clubhouse, Quartier Latin. However, Tokumaru, the chairman of the local high school and a businessman, intends to demolish the building for redevelopment and Umi and Shun, along with Shirō Mizunuma, must persuade him to reconsider.


The film stars Masami Nagasawa, Junichi Okada, Keiko Takeshita, Yuriko Ishida, Jun Fubuki, Takashi Naito, Shunsuke Kazama, Nao Omori and Teruyuki Kagawa.

It is directed by Goro Miyazaki and co-written by his father, Hayao Miyazaki.

Watch the UK trailer below:

From Up on Poppy Hill premiered on July 16, 2011 in Japan. The film received positive reviews from most film critics and grossed $61 million worldwide.

We’re very happy that Sky Movies have decided to show the film as we haven’t been able to catch it in the cinema yet. Anime as a genre is definitely underrepresented on Sky’s movie channels so it’s nice to see them picking this film up. However one wonders if it’s just the renowned Studio Ghibli name which has persuaded them to show the film. Either way it’s good news for UK anime fans as From Up on Poppy Hill promises to be worth a watch.

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