Only Yesterday

Only Yesterday

DVD - 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: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,Dolby Digital 2.0 surround (English, Japanese)
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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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 16, 2019

This movie is about a woman named Taeko Okajima and her life in Tokyo. She is very fond of the countryside and often visits there as it is one of her favourite places to be. I thought it was a pretty straight forward movie that talked about the life of a young adolescent girl who faced struggles every girl does at their age. Some of the topics were hitting puberty, boys and the relationships in her life. These were all relatable topics as I also had to figure these out myself growing up, which helped me connect to the main character more. One of the parts that I loved in this film was the ending. After finally trying to figure out what she really wanted in the next part of her life, with everyone around her telling her different things she should do, she chose what felt the best for her. It made me feel happy that the main character was overjoyed with the decision she had made for herself. It was also super cute having her past images parade behind her as she makes her way to the place that makes her feel the most joy, as if to cheer her on. The message I got from that, is that your own happiness is what’s most important in the end. ⅘ rating.--@minimonie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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

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midori_hon
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.

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1aa
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.

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Berrie030711
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!

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NaMe24
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.

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jonnybroom
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.

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readyrisa
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!!!!!

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Nov 09, 2018

Sexual Content: There is discussion of menstruation, and boys try to look up girls' skirts to spot evidence of menstruation.

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Nov 09, 2018

Violence: A father slaps his ten-year-old daughter in the face.

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