In this clip from Studio Ghibli’s 1963-set drama, a group of teens attempts to save their beloved clubhouse from being demolished by their school, providing the first meeting between Umi and Shun, who’ll soon find themselves caught in a bittersweet romance. It’s a good movie–a really good movie about nostalgia and being caught in the grip of the past, the most emotionally-affecting film from the studio in years.
“From Up on Poppy Hill” heads into limited theatrical release throughout March. Hit the jump to see if it’s screening near you.
March 15: NYC – IFC Center & Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center
March 22: LA – Landmark
Chicago – Landmark Century 7
San Francisco – Landmark Embarcadero
Palo Alto – Landmark Palo Alto Square
Berkeley – Landmark Shattuck Cinemas
Boston – Landmark Kendall Square
Seattle – Landmark Harvard Exit
Minneapolis – Landmark Uptown
San Diego – Landmark Hillcrest
From the official synopsis:
Set in Yokohama in 1963, the story centers on an innocent romance beginning to bud between Umi and Shun, two high school kids caught up in the changing times. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the 1964 Olympics — and the mood is one of both optimism and conflict as the young generation struggles to throw off the shackles of a troubled past. As Umi and Shun’s tentative relationship begins to blossom, a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.