Aug 102012

from up on poppy hill

Madman Entertainment is again bringing some of the freshest and most exciting animation direct from Japan to centres around Australia in September.

Four fantastic animated films wills screen in the show case held September 13-26. Details about the films (courtesy of Madman Entertainment)  and the official showcase trailer can be found after the jump.

From Up on Poppy Hill (dir. Goro Miyazaki) – The newest film from veteran Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli is sure to be a must-see on the big screen.

Set in Yokohama, From Up On Poppy Hill is a high school love story that take place in the year before the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. As the country begins to pick itself up from the devastation of the Second World War, the new generation struggles to move towards a prosperous future whilst trying not to lose the essence of their past. The film’s rich and vibrant animation captures the entrancing beauty of Yokohama’s harbour and lush surrounding hillsides and, with a soundtrack that draws inspiration from the finest music of the time, perfectly captures the thrills of young romance and the hope of a new dawn.


Wolf Children (dir. Mamoru Hosoda) The latest film from the award-winning director who brought us the acclaimed films The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) and Summer Wars (2009).

When Hana falls in love, it feels like a fairy tale. She starts a family and produces two beautiful children – Yuki (Snow), a girl, and Ame (Rain), a boy. But the family harbours a secret – their father is a ‘Wolf-Man’, half human and half wolf, and has passed his affliction on to his children. The family try to reside discreetly in a quiet corner of the city, but their joyful life is shattered when their father passes away. To live peacefully, Hana must make the difficult decision to move Yuki and Ame to a small town and surround them with nature.




Berserk – The Egg of the King is the first film from The Golden Age Arc trilogy. It has been created by Studio 4°C who are known for feature films such as Tekkonkinkreet, and videogame blockbuster Halo Legends.

Berserk – The Egg of the King follows the story of Guts, a lone mercenary renowned for his ferocity and unmatched in a fight – especially when armed with his imposing sword, a towering blade as tall as he. His destiny is to eventually become ‘The Black Swordsman’ and he will face untold horrors in battle.


Children Who Chase Lost Voices (dir. Makoto Shinkai) comes from a director who is known for his carefully crafted, beautiful animation.

Having lived a lonely life ever since her father’s passing, Asuna spends her days listening to the otherworldly sounds of a crystal radio, left to her as a memento. Exploring the mountains near her home, Asuna is attacked by a strange beast. A mysterious stranger steps in to save her life, however their acquaintance is tragically cut short when the boy is killed. But when Asuna discovers a gateway to another world, she is overjoyed at the prospect of seeing him again. Alongside a band of friends who hold feelings of hope for their lost ones, Asuna undertakes a journey into a land of legends.

You can find out all you need to know about Reel Anime 2012 (including where the screenings are held and how to get tickets) on the official website

Below is the official showcase trailer, which should give you a good taste of the films on offer.