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Only Yesterday (1991) at a glance

Only Yesterday (1991) is the western title of the second anime film directed by Isao Takahata with Studio Ghibli. This film is based on the manga of the same name by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone. It is surprisingly successful and become the highest grossing Japanese film in 1991 as it is highly appealing to the adult audiences especially women.

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Only Yesterday (1991) Trailer

Only Yesterday (1991) Synopsis

In 1982, Taeko Okajima, an office worker who lived her whole life in Tokyo took 10 days off to visit her sister's husband's family at the countryside in order to escape city life and to work in their safflower farm. During her vacation, her fifth grade self tagged along and she begins to recollect her childhood memories. All the flashbacks have given her an opportunity to reevaluate her life.

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Only Yesterday (1991) Review

Only Yesterday (1991) is more than nostalgic. It is a lovely story of a woman who rediscovered herself. A real life drama in animation, this film certainly shows that animation aren't just for children.

Relatable, it is funny to watch her reminiscing her childhood memories, delightful to catch a glimpse of Japanese fast paced life and pleasant to feel the tranquility of Japanese countryside life which brings us all back to nature. Thus, this film could be one of the best slice of life films out there.

From this film onwards, I could tell that Isao Takahata films are more inclined to realism, expressionism and they are actually quite critical. If you want to watch something that depicts life, this film is certainly for you. Only Yesterday (1991) may revitalize and enliven your life through the screen!

PS. Usually, I'd share the official synopsis (with minor edits) but for this title, there is no English version available so.. I wrote the synopsis myself.

Who will like this?

People who love slice of life films and Japanese culture will like this.

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Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Isao Takahata
Producer: Toshio Suzuki, Yasuyoshi Tokuma
Story: Isao Takahata
Screenplay: Isao Takahata
Cinematography: Not sure.
Music: Katsu Hoshi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Miki Imai, Toshiro Yanagiba, Yoko Honna
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama Romance
Running time: 118 mins
Budget: Not sure.
Box office: USD 18,000,000 est.

Official website(s)

Original post from Rosalyn's Blog.
This article is a part of Rosalyn's Animated Movie Marathon.
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Only Yesterday (1991) Poster


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