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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

Credited cast:
Miki Imai ...
Taeko (voice)
Toshirô Yanagiba ...
Toshio (voice)
Youko Honna ...
Taeko (Child) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Tsuneko Tani, Taeko's stuck-up friend (voice)
Masahiro Ito ...
Father (voice)
Chie Kitagawa ...
Taeko's Grandmother (voice)
Yoshimasa Kondô ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Yuuki Masuda ...
Hirota (voice)
Yuki Minowa ...
Yaeko (voice)
Kazuo Takahashi ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Michie Terada ...
Mother (voice)
Yorie Yamashita ...
Nanako (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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Trivia

Although the Walt Disney Company paid for the US distribution rights as part of its deal with Studio Ghibli, executives later decided that it could not release "Only Yesterday" in the US - Disney's stated reason was because the film contained references to menstruation (a clause in Ghibli's distribution contract prohibited Disney from altering the scene to remove the references). 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

Referenced in Pom Poko (1994) 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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Growing out of growing up
12 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

We've all seen those "coming of age" movies that transition the protagonist from childhood into puberty, and there's heaps of "discover your inner child" movies to put some fun in your life or life in your fun or whatever -- Only Yesterday is a rarity: Unsure and a little lost in her urban complacency, Taeko finds she must step beyond her inner-child shadow before she can grow up and move on with her life.

Only Yesterday isn't about grade-five, it's about being 27 by way of grade-five. It's a story about stepping out of our childhood, like the way we finally, and graciously, say goodbye to a worn-out favourite pair of shoes, or when, once we get to our destination, we can thank a particularly helpful bus driver and disembark.

Ugh, that's not much of a review, is it. Fortunately, Takahata says it all ten thousand times better than this :)


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