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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)
Kyle Arem ...
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Nanako Okajima (voice)
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Soo (voice)
Gia Colon-Thielmann ...
Shuji Hirota (voice)
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Yaeko (voice)
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Taeko Okajima (5th Grade) (voice)
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Granny
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Taeko's Mother
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Tsuneko Tani (voice)
Masahiro Ito ...
Father (voice)
Chie Kitagawa ...
Taeko's Grandmother (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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Trivia

The television puppet show that Taeko is watching is "Hyokkori Hyotanjima" a popular children's show of the period.(circa 1966). Later, she is seen singing a refrain from the show's popular theme song " We don't want to cry, so let's laugh. Go ahead!" to cheer herself up. See more »

Quotes

Taeko: The king of fruit is... the king of fruit is...
[the scene flashes from 1966 to 1989]
Taeko: ...the banana!
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Connections

Referenced in Pom Poko (1994) See more »

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Frunzulita lemn adus
Written by Gheorghe Zamfir (uncredited)
Performed by Gheorghe Zamfir and Ansamblul Ciocarlia
Courtesy of Electrecord Romania
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What an understated masterpiece!
18 November 2004 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Imagine a commonplace story in commonplace settings with a not so immensely interesting main character (a bit like you and me) and a pastoral kinda hippie-message... and it works!

This is another memory-thingie from Japan (they are obsessed with memory there, is that because of the Meiji period? who knows), from the genius who brought us Grave of the Fireflies.

The story's so simple: a young woman in her late 20s doesn't have any real problems, is kind of ready for the rest of her life to happen, but it's just not happening. Something seems to be in the way of her accepting the possibility of happiness in the simple things that she finds on her way, and that that might just be what she's looking for and therefore enough.

A trip to the countryside brings back memories of her childhood as the youngest of three in a middle-of the road household in late 60's Japan. The thing is, it is SO well-done. Often, films focus on the misery of this life and the sweet innocent splendor of youth. This one turns it upside down, and not by depicting a horrible childhood which has to be "taken care of". Just by looking at things the way a child does.

It's often the little things, that seem of no importance to adults, that mould a child, shape it's personality. The "small killings" so to speak. Events no one notices and no one readily remembers, but no one really forgets either. And when you remember them, they hurt in a way that you find unreasonable.

So with this film. The flashbacks of not really a "missed opportunity" childhood, but rather of small events that stuck, chills you and sometimes fills you with warmth. It suggests at the same time that though there might be events that made her what she is, she also always was who she is, and it's the interplay between who you are and what you encounter that shape your life. You might say "it might have gone a different way", but then again it didn't exactly because you are you. Very Tao if you ask me. How it ends... just go and find out.

The fact that the film, entirely inconspicuously, manages to pull it off to tell that in images, makes it great art. The subtitles are hazardous (sometimes too fast, too much on the screen...), but let that not spoil the splendor. Get out and rent it now. I bought it.


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