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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 »
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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 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

In the movie, a young Taeko marvels at eating a pineapple. In Japan during this period (circa 1966) imported fresh fruit were expensive and uncommon. Most Japanese had only eaten canned pineapple and had never seen a whole fresh pineapple. 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

Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa sono Tane
Music written by Amanda McBroom
Japanese lyrics translation by Isao Takahata
Arranged by Katsu Hoshi
Performed by Harumi Miyako
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User Reviews

 
A complete surprise! A real sleeper.
9 September 2001 | by laymonite-1See 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Hungarian

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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