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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miki Imai ...
Taeko (voice)
Toshirô Yanagiba ...
Toshio (voice)
Youko Honna ...
Taeko (Child) (voice)
Mayumi Iizuka ...
Tsuneko (voice)
Mei Oshitani ...
Aiko (voice)
Megumi Komine ...
Toko (voice)
Yukiyo Takizawa ...
Rie (voice)
Masashi Ishikawa ...
Soo (voice)
Yuuki Masuda ...
Shuji Hirota (voice)
Michie Terada ...
Mother (voice)
Masahiro Ito ...
Father (voice)
Yorie Yamashita ...
Nanako (voice)
Yuki Minowa ...
Yaeko (voice)
Chie Kitagawa ...
Grandmother (voice)
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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26 February 2016 (USA)  »

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Only Yesterday  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,004 (USA) (8 January 2016)

Gross:

$415,941 (USA) (25 March 2016)
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Trivia

It took 25 years for an English dubbed version to be made and released in theaters of the 1991 classic animated film. In the US, it had only been shown in it's original Japanese with English subtitles as part of Studio Ghibli retrospectives for a handful of showings at NYC's IFC theater in 2012 and once on Turner Classic Movies back in 2006. 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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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Cantec de nunta
Written by Gheorghe Zamfir (uncredited)
Performed by Gheorghe Zamfir and Ansamblul Ciocarlia
Courtesy of Electrecord Romania
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22 May 2003 | by (New England) – See 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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