Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

Director: Isao Takahata, Miki Imai, Daisy Ridley, Toshiro Yanagiba

Cast: Isao Takahata, Miki Imai, Daisy Ridley, Toshiro Yanagiba

     
 

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Legendary animator Isao Takahata wrote and directed this nostalgic film, based on a manga by Yuko Tone and Hotaru Okamoto. The story centers on Taeko, a 27-year-old office worker who is sick of her job and ready for a change. As she ventures to the rural Yamagata prefecture to visit her sister and brother-in-law, her mind wanders back to moments from her

Overview

Legendary animator Isao Takahata wrote and directed this nostalgic film, based on a manga by Yuko Tone and Hotaru Okamoto. The story centers on Taeko, a 27-year-old office worker who is sick of her job and ready for a change. As she ventures to the rural Yamagata prefecture to visit her sister and brother-in-law, her mind wanders back to moments from her childhood and adolescence. While reflecting on her coming-of-age experiences, Taeko bonds with her brother-in-law's cousin, a hard-working farmer, and attempts to learn who she truly is. Originally released in Japan in 1991, Only Yesterday finally received an official U.S. release from GKids in 2016; the English-language version boasts newly recorded voice-over work from Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel, Ashley Eckstein, and Alison Fernandez.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Americans tend to think of animated films as being "kid's stuff," and so may very well be floored if they happen upon Only Yesterday. Even more "adult" cartoons like Fritz the Cat are still essentially juvenile; the situations may be more adult, but the basic language is typical. Yesterday comes from a whole different perspective; it's a slice of life drama, although a gentle, meditative one that doesn't depend upon the sometimes unnaturally imposed dramatic situations that often come with that genre. This is literally a slice of life: a visit to a woman's world at a very particular point in time -- or more correctly, at two very particular points in time, with the earlier time deeply informing the present time. As such, Yesterday is much less concerned with an action-oriented plot and much more concerned with character. Nuance is everything here, and it is a very big everything: the slightest arch of an eyebrow takes on depth and meaning, although that the exact meaning may be left ambiguous. Yesterday] is quite literally a journey through a woman's soul, but it's nowhere near as either simple or as pretentious as that sounds. It's the kind of film that gives the viewer a fantastic glow while at the same time wounding his/her heart in the process. Director/animator Isao Takahata's achievement here is gloriously human and humane, much more affecting than many so-called "real life" pictures. Those interested in challenging animated films, or simply in superb films of any sort, must watch Yesterday.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2016
UPC:
0025192360480
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
3,094

Special Features

The Making of Only Yesterday; Behind the Scenes with the Voice Cast; Interview with the English Dub Team; Trailers and TV Spots

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miki Imai Taeko
Daisy Ridley Taeko (English Version)
Toshiro Yanagiba Toshio
Dev Patel Toshio (English Version)
Youko Honna Young Taeko
Alison Fernandez Young Taeko (English Version)
Hope Levy Tsuneko (English Version)
Stephanie Sheh Aiko (English Version)
Ava Acres Toko (English Version)
Madeleine Rose Yen Rie (English Version)
Jaden Betts Suzuki ("Soo") (English Version)
Gianella Thielmann Hirota (English Version)
Grey Griffin Taeko's Mother (English Version)
Matthew Yang King Taeko's Father (English Version)
Laura Bailey Nanako (English Version)
Ashley Eckstein Yaeko (English Version)
Mona Marshall Grandmother (English Version)

Technical Credits
Isao Takahata Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Mssaro Hoshi Score Composer
Katsu Hoshi Score Composer
Ritsuo Isobe Executive Producer
Hayao Miyazaki Producer
Kazuo Oga Production Designer
Yoshio Sasaki Executive Producer
Toshio Suzuki Producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma Executive Producer
Geoffrey Wexler Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Only Yesterday
1. Scene 1 [:37]
2. Scene 2 [1:41]
3. Scene 3 [3:44]
4. Scene 4 [7:25]
5. Scene 5 [5:33]
6. Scene 6 [3:51]
7. Scene 7 [6:54]
8. Scene 8 [9:58]
9. Scene 9 [8:41]
10. Scene 10 [3:17]
11. Scene 11 [2:20]
12. Scene 12 [6:16]
13. Scene 13 [5:49]
14. Scene 14 [8:41]
15. Scene 15 [5:14]
16. Scene 16 [5:25]
17. Scene 17 [2:49]
18. Scene 18 [2:20]
19. Scene 19 [4:49]
20. Scene 20 [6:00]
21. Scene 21 [6:27]

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