Soak up beautiful animation, sentimental story in 'Poppy Hill'

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 am

Japanese master animator Hayao Miyazaki made quite a name for himself and his studio, Ghibli, in the previous decade. “Spirited Away” won the animated-feature Oscar in 2002, while “Howl's Moving Castle” scored a nomination in 2005.

Now comes “From Up on Poppy Hill,” a nostalgic look at postwar Japan directed by his son, Goro Miyazaki, with a screenplay co-written by Hayao. Unlike the earlier films, which delved into elements of fantasy, this one's rooted in realism.

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