With the Goro Miyazaki's second feature
set to hit Japanese theaters on July 16th, info and media from the Studio Ghibli director's far more Japan based Earthsea follow-up are becoming plentiful. Kokuriko-Zaka Kara
The movie adapts Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama's manga
Kokuriko-Zaka Kara, about a girl growing up in Yokohama in the 60's.
Hayao Miyazaki provided the storyboards and co-wrote the screenplay with Keiko Miya.
Via Ghibli Wiki,
Full cast includes
Umi Matsuzaki: Masami Nagasawa (Ni no Kuni)
Shun Kazama (Head of the newspaper club): Junichi Okada (Tales from Earthsea)
Sora Matsuzaki (Umi's younger sister):
Haruka Shiraishi Riku Matsuzaki (Umi's younger brother): Unknown
Hana Matsuzaki (Umi's maternal grandmother): Keiko Takeshita (Arrietty)
Ryoko Matsuzaki (mother who is a researcher at a US university): Jun Fubuki (Tales from Earthsea)
Miki Hokuto (doctor-in-training staying at Kokuriko's apartment): Yuriko Ishida (Princess Mononoke)
Sachiko Hirokouji (art college student staying at Kokuriko's apartment): Rumi Hiiragi (Spirited Away)
Yuko (Umi's friend): Aoi Teshima
Shiro Mizunuma (Shun's friend and student council president): Shunsuke Kazama
Yoshio Onodera (old friend of Umi and Shun's parents): Takashi Naito (Spirited Away)
Kazama (Shun's father): Nao Omori (Tekkon Kinkurito)
Chairman Tokumaru (Chairman of the high school and the president of his company): Teruyuki Kagawa (Tales from Earthsea)
Umi's family name changed to Matsuzaki from the original manga's Komatsuzaki.
According to Studio Ghibli co-founder and former president Toshio Suzuki, Tokumaru is modelled after Yasuyoshi Tokuma, founder of Animage publisher and Ghibli parent company until 2005, Tokuma Shoten.
The theme song for the film is Sayonara no Natsu -Kokuriko-zaka Kara- Song by Aoi Teshima and insert song music includes:
Asa-gohan no Uta (Breakfast Song) Song by Aoi Teshima, Lyrics by Goro Miyazaki
Ue wo Muite Arukou (I Look Up When I Walk) Song by Kyu Sakamoto
Shiroi Hana no Saku Koro (When a white flower blooms)
Hatsukoi no Koro (In the days of first love) Song by Aoi Teshima, Lyrics by Goro Miyazaki
Akai Kawa no Nagare (Flow of a red river)
Kon-iro no Uneri ga (The dark blue waves) Lyrics by Hayao Miyazaki and Goro Miyazaki, original by Kenji Miyazawa
Run-time has been listed at
Given the stories' tight bond with its setting, an annotated map of the film's locations has been created using
A: Kanagawa Modern Literature Museum. There is a straight slope connected to a national highway in the movie that does not reflect real world conditions.
B: Yamashita Wharf (completed in 1963)
C: Yamashita Park (completed in 1863 as "France Waterfront")
D: Marine Tower (completed in 1961)
E: Hotel New Grand
F: Sakuragicho Station
G: Shinbashi (location of Tokumaru's company and NTV)
Ghibli Blog has posted a look at the movie's art book, which suggest that Kokuriko-Zaka Kara's international title will be From Up On Poppy Hill.