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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 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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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 2016 English dubbed version had it US premiere at NYC 's IFC theater on January, 1, 2016. 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

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 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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Simple and Moving
16 November 1999 | by SoujiroSee all my reviews

This is one of Studio Ghibli's less known films. It tells the story of middle-aged Taeko's gradual realization of her love for the Japanese countryside. Through frequent funny and realistic childhood coming-of-age flashbacks we see that even during moments when life seems hopelessly complicated, it's really quite simple. On a similar note, the ability of anime to refine the needlessly complicated to its essence is one of its great qualities in my opinion. The scene in which little Taeko merrily walks into the sky is an (exaggerated) example of this ability. A live action attempt to show childhood elation would be much more strained. The film does glorify farm living, but doesn't gloss over the difficulties to the extent that most films do. I was skeptical of any animated film's ability to inspire emotion for the beauty of the countryside. I mean... it's just drawings that presume to represent the real thing right? Well, the animators obviously did their research. The scenery isn't artificially...scenic, but it is very beautiful in a subdued, natural way. What most impresses me is the constantly calm mood of the film. Where other films would escalate certain situations to cheesy melodramatics, this film keeps it's feet on the ground (except for little Taeko... I love that scene). On a final note, the voice acting was superb, and the famous (among otaku) ending sequence is very uplifting. If Miramax releases a subtitled version of this, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.


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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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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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