Set in 1963, a year before the Tokyo Olympics, the story follows an ordinary, pigtailed high school girl named Komatsuzaki in Yokohama, a harbor city near Tokyo. Her sailor father went missing after an accident, and her photographer mother is frequently going abroad for work. Her family now runs a lodging house. The film recounts Komatsuzaki’s everyday life. —Anime News Network
Gorō Miyazaki (宮崎 吾朗 Miyazaki Gorō, born January 21, 1967) is a Japanese animated filmmaker and landscaper. He is the son of animator Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Studio Ghibli. Described as “reluctant” to follow his father’s career, Gorō initially worked as a landscaper for many years before entering the film business. He has directed two films, Tales from Earthsea (2006) and From up on Poppy Hill (2011).
Graduated from Shinshu University, Faculty of Agriculture, Goro Miyazaki started his career as a construction consultant, and he designed parks or public institutions. Because his father, Hayao Miyazaki, is a world-famous filmmaker, he always had complex feeling towards his father. He decided not to work for anything related to animation, to avid to be compared with Hayao. However, the turning point came to his life in 1990s, which was the new project of construction of Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. He was in charge of the whole design of the museum, and became the… read more
What a bittersweet, charming, old fashioned story Miyazaki has given us. Quite wonderful achievement in both storytelling and animation. While not an especially dynamic heroine or story the film does sweep over the viewer and becomes intoxicating in its own sweet, quaint way. Not necesarrily a studio ghibli classic but certainly a worthy addition to the canon.