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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 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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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Hungarian

Release Date:

26 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Only Yesterday See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,004, 8 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$453,243

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,407,939
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original Japanese title "Omohide Poro Poro" roughly translates to English as "Memories Come Tumbling Down". 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

Featured in JesuOtaku Anime Reviews: Only Yesterday (2012) 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

 
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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