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Only Yesterday (1991)

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

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Hotaru Okamoto (manga), Yuuko Tone (manga) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miki Imai Miki Imai ... Taeko (voice)
Toshirô Yanagiba Toshirô Yanagiba ... Toshio (voice)
Yoko Honna Yoko Honna ... Taeko (Child) (voice) (as Youko Honna)
Mayumi Izuka ... Tsuneko (voice) (as Mayumi Iizuka)
Mei Oshitani Mei Oshitani ... Aiko (voice)
Megumi Komine Megumi Komine ... Toko (voice)
Yukiyo Takizawa Yukiyo Takizawa ... Rie (voice)
Masashi Ishikawa Masashi Ishikawa ... Soo (voice)
Yuuki Masuda Yuuki Masuda ... Shuji Hirota (voice)
Michie Terada ... Mother (voice)
Masahiro Ito Masahiro Ito ... Father (voice)
Yorie Yamashita Yorie Yamashita ... Nanako (voice)
Yuki Minowa Yuki Minowa ... Yaeko (voice)
Chie Kitagawa Chie Kitagawa ... Grandmother (voice)
Koji Goto Koji Goto ... Kazuo (voice)
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Storyline

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.

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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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Trivia

The movie is based on a manga series of comic vignettes of a small girl. The scenes in the film portraying Taeko as an adult were created by writer-director Isao Takahata. The adult scenes gave the entire film a plot and connected the original vignettes as recollections of her childhood, making it a cohesive whole. 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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Soundtracks

Fuvom Azenékem
Performed by Márta Sebéstyen Muzsikas
Courtesy of Hungaraton
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Ghibli's (unheralded) best
22 May 2003 | by kerpanSee 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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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | Bulgarian

Release Date:

26 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,970, 3 January 2016

Gross USA:

$453,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$545,825
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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