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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)
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Toko (voice)
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Nanako Okajima (voice)
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Soo (voice)
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Shuji Hirota (voice)
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Yaeko (voice)
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Taeko Okajima (5th Grade) (voice)
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Taeko's Mother
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Tsuneko Tani (voice)
Masahiro Ito ...
Father (voice)
Chie Kitagawa ...
Taeko's Grandmother (voice)
Yoshimasa Kondô ...
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Tsuneko
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

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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Trivia

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

Referenced in Pom Poko (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Frunzulita lemn adus
Written by Gheorghe Zamfir (uncredited)
Performed by Gheorghe Zamfir and Ansamblul Ciocarlia
Courtesy of Electrecord Romania
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User Reviews

 
A complete surprise! A real sleeper.
9 September 2001 | by (Lowestoft, England) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to obtain a set of "Studio Ghibli" anime films on DVD including the some of the best of Myazaki etc. These film are Japanese with English subtitles, I think a LOT would be lost in any dubbed version.

I thought I'd give this film a try first, never having heard of it...

It is one of the most amazing films I have ever seen, anime or not. It truly defines "adult anime" in the best sense of the word. I would agree with many of the comments already expressed, especially the use of animation to express the exhilaration of childhood joy.

The fact is, this film packs in so many genuinely clever, poignant and laugh out loud funny observations on adult and child life I am really surprised it is not more well known. How many films can make eating a pineapple such an utterly fascinating,touching and meaningful scene?!

This film is basically the story of a 27 year old woman (NOT a middle aged woman!) who is starting to think that life is passing her by and starts thinking of what she really wants and is important in life. She carries the memories of her childhood with her and these flash back as a parallel story to the present in an unbelievably delightful way! We truly see her (very sharply observed and funny/poignant)childhood and what made her character.

This film is so uplifting! Do be sure to catch all of the ending too! I thought it caught the best parts of My Neighbor Totoro for a 20-something audience!

Mike.


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