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Only Yesterday (1991)

Omohide poro poro (original title)
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A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tôkyô.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miki Imai ...
Taeko (voice)
Toshirô Yanagiba ...
Toshio (voice)
Youko Honna ...
Taeko (Child) (voice)
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Tsuneko (voice)
Mei Oshitani ...
Aiko (voice)
Megumi Komine ...
Toko (voice)
Yukiyo Takizawa ...
Rie (voice)
Masashi Ishikawa ...
Soo (voice)
Yuuki Masuda ...
Shuji Hirota (voice)
Michie Terada ...
Mother (voice)
Masahiro Ito ...
Father (voice)
Yorie Yamashita ...
Nanako (voice)
Yuki Minowa ...
Yaeko (voice)
Chie Kitagawa ...
Grandmother (voice)
Koji Goto ...
Kazuo (voice)
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A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tôkyô.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some rude behavior and smoking | See all certifications »

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26 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Only Yesterday  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,004 (USA) (8 January 2016)

Gross:

$415,941 (USA) (25 March 2016)
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The ending theme song "Ai ha Hana, Kimi ha Sono Tane" is a translated version of "The Rose," written and composed by Amanda McBroom and performed by Bette Midler in The Rose (1979). See more »

Quotes

Hirota: Rainy days, cloudy days, sunny days... which do you like?
Taeko: ...cloudy days.
Hirota: Oh, then we're alike.
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Connections

References Hyokkori hyotan-jima (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Cantec de nunta
Written by Gheorghe Zamfir (uncredited)
Performed by Gheorghe Zamfir and Ansamblul Ciocarlia
Courtesy of Electrecord Romania
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Ghibli's (unheralded) best
22 May 2003 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

This is probably my favorite animated film of all -- and now it looks even more beautiful than ever (thanks to the Japnese DVD release). This is a story of a 20-something "office lady" who is vaguely dissatisfied with what she sees as increasingly pointless life in the big city. As she visits the rural family of her sister's husband for a working vacation, she also revisits her fifth grade self. (The contemporary scenes are done in a fairly realistic fashion, the flashbacks have a lovely pastel look -- that would later be used even more extensively in "Our Neighbors, the Yamadas"). This film does not draw upon cartoons for its background, but on the films of Ozu and Naruse. The intelligence and sublety of the characterization is extraordinary. This also has a very appealing use of Hungarian folk music (the favored music of our heroine's young farmer friend). If you've never before sobbed tears of joy over closing credits before, you will here. (It never fails for me -- at about 7 times and counting). While Takahata's "Grave of the Fireflies" may have a more timely (and harrowing) tale to tell, I think this understated little story is even more beautiful and effective.


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