Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

DVD - 2016
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jhneli Apr 01, 2020

Called Omoide Poro Poro ("Memories Come Tumbling Down") in Japan, this Studio Ghibli classic was given a full dubbed release for it's 25th anniversary in 2016.

Taeko Okajima is a 27 year old Office Lady working in Tokyo. She decides to take a trip to visit family and 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.

This quiet, contemplative story is one of Studio Ghibli's more adult films- not because it contains graphic content- but because it involves themes and pacing that children are less likely to appreciate.While one might not fully relate to living in Japan in the 1960s, the exhilaration of a tense game of baseball-and experiencing your first crush- is an experience that is easily translatable.

Aug 16, 2019

Only Yesterday is a 1991 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the 1982 manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone. It was animated by Studio Ghibli. I really liked this movie and the message it was sending. It is very beautiful, realistic, and simply a stunning view at what really is, when you come down to it, a normal life. I would recommend this movie to adults 18 and up. It is a story of growth, from a spoiled, bratty child, to a grown and intelligent adult. Rating: 3.5/5 @PrettyKitty of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Only Yesterday was a movie made in Japan’s Studio Ghibli. This movie was released on july 20th 1991. Only Yesterday was a great movie, definitely old but really good. I really liked the movie and the message it was sending. While I was watching the film, I could feel the different emotions that the main character was feeling. From doubt, to regret, to all sorts of different emotions. Another thing I enjoyed about the film was the storyline. They talked about the hardships of their elder generation who worked in the countryside;no matter how hard the elder generation worked, they could never afford to buy their own made products. I also really liked how the storyline of the movie was much more different than other movies. I personally believe that this film has no real plot twist, this is also one of the differences that makes this movie more original and likeable. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy about the movie was, in some parts of the film, there were very long pauses between the characters and after a while it gets a bit boring. Other than that, this film was very amazing and I definitely recommend this movie to everyone. @Rainbooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 27, 2019

this anime is not for children, but for people old enough to reflect on what memories they've retained as they passed to adulthood. a beautifully rendered movie, some scenes are almost photographic. be sure to watch the movie, then watch the 'making of' and you will be amazed at the artistry and craftsmanship that is involved with hand animation. one woman spent a year drawing just flowers, in different shades depending on time of day and foreground vs. background, wow.
the main character is voiced by some actress who was also working on a little movie set in space.

Jun 15, 2019

A steady paced of character.
There is not much in the way of plot.
The character is slowly unpeeled, but there isn't much character development.
Its a surprise that this was an animated film, it probably would have been better if it were filmed.

Feb 13, 2019

One thing I love about Studio Ghibli is that some movies are simply stories. They're not necessarily flash and bang, or overly surreal. They're just... movies. That's what I love especially about "Only Yesterday." A grown woman simply recounts her childhood, with a pivotal point of working on a farm. She then decides whether her current life as a successful businesswoman in Tokyo measures up to her love for the farm. Beautiful, captivating artwork and animation, and a quiet, serene tone throughout. 4.5 Stars.

LemmyKoopa Aug 28, 2018

Only Yesterday isn't the most exciting Studio Ghibli film. That's not to say it's bad; it's beautiful, it's realistic, and it's simply a stunning view at what really is, when you come down to it, a normal life. The characters are memorable, the views are exquisite, but at the end of the day, there isn't as much of a message to take from this film besides how different life can be from when you're ten years old, and when you've all grown up. A story of growth, from a spoiled, bratty child, to a grown and intelligent adult, who isn't sure of her direction in life.

Only Yesterday is a treat, even if it might not have the excitement of Spirited Away or the fantasy of Spirited Away, but at it's core it holds a deep, personal energy that may resonate greatly with many in a similar situation to our protagonist - even if it didn't with me.

Though, I'm not quite at that age yet!

Jul 01, 2018

I watched this as the internet told me the director/creator of this film had not long since passed away. It is a wonderfully animated and surprisingly realistic portrayal of life. An interesting clash of a modern woman in wanderlust tackling her conflicting memories of joy and sorrow in her childhood. Some of it may have been lost in translation, but this movie had me with a great sense of serenity by the end.

Jan 16, 2018

An animated memoir for adults. "Only Yesterday" was released for the first time in US on its 25th anniversary in 2016. The point of view moves back and forth between a 27-year-old Japanese woman's perspective and her memories of 5th grade. It's a sweet, sometimes tart, but unremarkable story, except that one gets a sense of Japan in the 1960s. It's all told in a straightforward way that lacks the backbone needed for compelling drama. And for this viewer it was too long.

LoganLib_Aavishka Dec 22, 2017

Another sweet movie from Studio Ghibli. Only Yesterday is a cute and sweet movie which tells the story of a young woman who, while returning to the countryside for a trip, starts to recall memories of her younger self. She recalls good and bad memories, sweet memories and funny memories. The character of Taeko is one that is so relatable and sweet, as we see her grow up with siblings, who she fights with and loves. We see her journey from childhood to adulthood and along the way, we laugh with her and feel sad with her. Overall, Only Yesterday was a wonderful movie which makes you smile and feel happy.

Dec 01, 2017

Wonderful beautiful anmiation again by Studio Ghibli...geared towards adults! I was just so impressed and awed. Great story. The actors who did the voice for the English version was perfect too! LOVED it!!!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nov 04, 2016

My favorite Studio Ghibli animation film so far.
Just lovely! 👍👍👍👍👍
Must see 🎦 ~

Oct 26, 2016

This is now one of my favorite Studio Ghibli films! Watching it I felt like I was watching someone's life unfold before my eyes. The humor was great and the flash backs when Taeko was in school was captured perfectly with all the emotions and friendships. I could go on and on but you should watch it for yourself! Also when she is in the country I was captivated by the detail and splendor of the landscape and work of the farmers. This is a movie you should sit down and watch!

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