From Up On Poppy Hill: What Moments Makes This Movie An Evergreen Story?

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From Up On Poppy Hill is a 2011 animated drama directed by Goro Miyazaki and screenplayed by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is based on the literary work by Tetsurō Sayama and Chizuru Takahashi titled Kokuriko-zaka kara.

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It shows the regular life of a 16-year-old girl who lives under the care of her maternal grandmother and two siblings while her mother is studying medicine in the US. She is a responsible young lady who takes her duties wholeheartedly while managing school and home side by side.

The movie though depicts simplicity however the minimalistic direction along with aesthetic angles of the plot make it a rewatchable content.

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But does this movie has any iconic moments that are there to discuss? Yes, TOTT is herewith the peak moments that not only make the movie worth talking about but memorable as well. Also, you can watch this Studio Ghibli movie right here.

So, without any further delay, let us jump straight to the From Up On Poppy Hill and its iconic moment from the movie.

13 Peak Moments From From Up On Poppy Hill That Defines This Lovely Story

Shun Kazama Jumps

Besides being an iconic moment for the plot, it genuinely marks an impressive spot in each one of our hearts when Shun Kazama falls a heroic jump from the tower of the Latin Quarter. It depicts his brave intentions toward the clubhouse.

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

However, what makes the moment more dramatic is Umi quickly making a haste move toward the boy. It was sweet since it was out of her control. Also, the affectionate glance that the boy makes was something touchy and definitely warm, isn’t it?

Umi’s Grandmother Talks About Her father

Although the scene is pretty elusive in regards to the context, however, this is the first time we watch someone else talking about this man in the plot apart from Umi. It was deep since Umi’s father plays an important role in her life.

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

Her grandmother displays her knowledge of how Umi misses her father where we also learn the reason behind her everyday chore which is raising those flags every morning. She wishes her best into finding someone who will be able to help her miss him less.

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The Painting With The Flags

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

Well, it was not at all visible from where Umi hosted her flags daily. But Sachiko surely made visible what remained invisible for Umi. Her beautiful painting grabbed what passed silently in front of Umi’s Poppy house regularly answering what Umi asked every day. Although it was a minute instance from the movie, if you pay a closer look at the scenario, engraves a deeper mark on your experience.

All School Debate

Since the plot point was styled during the 1964’s Olympics, everything new was replacing the old and conventional trying to forget the past. So the All School Debate was partially based on this specific subject. However, the primary topic was how many are there in support of demolishing the Latin Quater, their clubhouse.

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

It was a chauvinist moment for all the students of Konan academy where they debated but they put their own arguments in the agreement or in disagreement on the matter in concern.

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The Unity

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

The unification stance portrayed by each of the students, who were clashing just a few seconds ago was terrific. When the school authority intervenes to get a glance at the situation in the debate, the unifying song, binding each of the students present was something iconic in From Up On Poppy Hill.

Umi Sharing Her Past

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

Not with anyone but for the lad for whom her heart has started to beat fast in the recent days. Yes thanks to Shun Kazama we, the audience also get a chance to sneak peek into what made Umi raise those flags every morning. Also, we learn a bit about Umi’s early life when she lived with her parents and her siblings in the Downtown.

The Restoration Movement

Taking into consideration of Umi’s suggestion with respect to what would be the best solution to stop the demolishing act, the club members decides to restore the past that was hidden under the dust settled over the years on the walls and floors of the clubhouse.

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

Many from the first, second, and third years join in, to help with the entire restoration process. They scrub, wash, paint, and apply plaster too, wherever it was required. In addition, they burn what was actually waste, keeping aside sentiments, for a better and bigger future for Latin Quarter. The restoration process goes on for several days to bring back the shine and luster to the building that it had, long long back.

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Shun Clarifying About Her Parentage

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

Shun enquires about his parentage to his adoptive father. This scene throws light on the subject in a deeper and more clear manner thus confirming his confusion for the time being. It was not only sad for him but for us as well, right?

Shun Reveals The Reason

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

After having a clear answer from his father, and also, cross-checking the records, he finally reveals his reason for avoiding Umi all this time. Again a peak moment that saddens the young girl and also us, the audience, throwing her into the puddle of grief and betrayal.

The Meeting With The Chairman

Finally, the one who could save the Latin Quater was the chairman. He was a busy man who runs a company in Tokyo. But this did not stop the president, Shun, and Umi from talking to him. They visited him with the hope to get a convincing answer that would pay respect to all the hard work, each of the students of Konan academy put into, restoring the club house.

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

Well, the boys were good however Umi successfully without even trying managed to persuade the old man. He agrees to visit the school the very next day.

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Umi’s Conversation With Her Mother

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

Another insightful montage that this movie styled in for us is when Umi finally takes time to talk about Shun with her mother. This was more satisfying than the previous one since Umi’s mother clear every doubt that this girl had within her all this time. This 16-year-old really needed a shoulder to lean on and cry, for having all this pain stored inside and not being able to talk to anyone was really sad and harsh.

The Chairman Visits

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

Yes, the chairman visited and he seemed really impressed with the newly restored building whose shine and luster got hidden deep under the dust from all those years. He appreciated the hard work that the young boys and girls contributed just to stop the building from being demolished. Genuinely his visit solves the problem big time.

Shun And Umi Towards The Truth

From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli
From Up On Poppy Hill/Picture Credit: Studio Ghibli

After answering the phone call from his father Shun takes Umi to meet the third man in the picture to learn about his actual parentage. It was fast but simply rewarding. They learn what happened in the past to build a new future together which was pleasing, fulfilling, and gratifying in the end.

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So do you agree with our choices on these peak moments from From Up On Poppy Hill? Do tell us everything in the comment section below. Also, you can watch this Studio Ghibli movie right here.

But this is all for today, hope to meet you all very soon in our next publication, Bye Bye…

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