Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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After living her whole life in the city, 27-year-old Taeko decides to visit her relatives in the countryside. As she travels, memories of her youth resurface. And after meeting young farmer Toshio, she wonders if she's been true to the dreams of her childhood self.
Publisher: [New York] : GKIDS, ©2016.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 31, 2017

I have to say I don't enjoy this one as much as other Studio Ghibli films. In fact, I fast forwarded a good part of the film where, for example, young siblings are quarreling among themselves. The depiction of the countryside is artistically well-done, and gorgeous to look at. The ending is subtle and in a way surprising.

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scribby
Oct 11, 2017

At first this seems like an odd patchwork of more than one, unrelated storyline, in different styles – until it all falls into place about a quarter of the way through the movie. Taeko is recalling memories of her childhood (not all of them good), and the children in her memory are helping her through some difficult adult feelings. One storyline, that of her childhood, is drawn in a standard anime/manga style. The other, of her adult life, is more realistically depicted, almost as if it tries as hard as possible to not be an animated movie. …Which brings up the question: why did they make this as an animated film, not a “live action” drama? The answer is, I believe, that animation can be great art. As much as “live” acting. In this Studio Ghibli film, they’ve taken topics not usually done in animation, and made a spectacular piece of art from it. The detailed background drawings alone (in an atmospheric, semi-Impressionist style) are enough to qualify it, and the emotional depth of the character depictions is without parallel. It’s probably too slow-moving, nostalgic, and thoughty for kids, but I recommend it for adults.

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BethanyCraig
Sep 04, 2017

Such a fantastic Studio Ghibli movie. It has a slower pace, is relaxing to watch, and incredibly relateable. It's a good movie to watch on a rainy day, or to have playing in the background while you work.

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booksmile
Jun 22, 2017

Make sure you watch through the credits to see the end of the story!

Library_Jill Jun 07, 2017

A nostalgic, poignant slice-of-life story about a 27-year-old Japanese woman who finds herself besieged by memories of her 4th-grade self while on a trip to the country. This is a love story, but in the most complex sense of the term--it's about discovering new love, rediscovering love that you forgot was there, romantic love and family love, first love and mature love, a love of the people and places that built you into the person you are today, finding a love of the land that you didn't know you were missing, and the courage to love the person you could be. There is an absolutely fabulous flashback about trying pineapple for the first time that brought me to tears for reasons I can't quite grasp.

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akirakato
Apr 19, 2017

This is a 1991 Japanese animated drama (おもひでぽろぽろ, which literally means "Memories Come Tumbling Down") written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone.
The film explores a genre traditionally thought to be outside the realm of animation, attracting a large adult audience---particularly women.
Taeko, a 27-year-old unmarried woman, has lived her whole life in Tokyo and now works at a company there.
She decides to take a trip to visit the family of the elder brother of her brother-in-law in the rural countryside to help with the safflower harvest and get away from city life.
While traveling at night on a sleeper train to Yamagata, she begins to recall memories of herself as a schoolgirl in 1966, and her intense desire to go on holiday like her classmates, all of whom have family outside of the big city.
She hasn't had her own "rural hometown."
During her stay in Yamagata, she finds herself increasingly nostalgic and wistful for her childhood self, while simultaneously wrestling with adult issues of career and love.
She recalls the first stirrings of childish romance, puberty and growing up, the frustrations of math and boys.
In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.
Eventually, Taeko faces her own true self.
The film seems to stir everybody's nostalgia.

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Nursebob
Apr 15, 2017

The Studio Ghibli animation is impeccable ranging from richly coloured sequences in which grown-up Taeko manoeuvres her way through crowded Tokyo or marvels at a pastoral sunset, to delicate pastel recollections where her younger, more carefree self lives entirely for the moment—staring with momentous anticipation at a fresh pineapple (an expensive rarity for Japanese households in the 60s) to floating in mid-air all the way home after the class cutie shows an interest in her. Anyone who has ever had a childhood will appreciate the haunting poignancy of her vivid memories but at its core this is a "chick flick" for boomers and Taeko’s meandering woolgathering ultimately required the kind of Zen-like patience I was unwilling to give it. Still beautiful to look at and the wistful closing sequence is aimed squarely at the romantic in all of us.

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anri45
Feb 06, 2017

one of ghibli studios best. I had to watch the Japanese version with english subtitles as the english dub version just didn't do it for me. I was put off by the two lead characters english accents.

AL_TARINA Jan 07, 2017

Gorgeous, nostalgic, beautifully written and illustrated. Another fantastic Ghibli movie for fans to enjoy!

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Daviddonald_chu
Nov 30, 2016

10/10! Nostalgic yet funny! One of the best Studio Ghibli films ever made.

Tip: Watch the special features part in the DVD to appreciate this film more.

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