animated movie Only Yesterday © Studio Ghibli
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Only Yesterday

Taeko is a 27 year-old single woman from Tokyo. An office worker, she has always harboured a desire to travel to the countryside, and for the past two years has taken her vacation as a farm worker, living with a rural farming family. 'Only Yesterday' follows her second vacation, where she goes back to the countryside to pick safflower. Accompanying her is her 10 year-old self from 1966, portrayed in flashbacks. The film is effectively two stories melded together. As the story progresses, the adult Taeko is forced to decide what it is she wants from life.

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Fairly good. A tiny bit soppy though. Allthough it is not really my thing, it does have good animation. That's what I like about Ghibli's films. It's about a woman...
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Isao Takahata (Pom Poko, Grave of the Fireflies) directs another classic, making you wish that Miyazaki had allowed him (and Yoshifumi Kondo) more time in the director's chair. Like 'Whisper...
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Very nicely done film by master director Isao Takahata. I was fortunant enough to catch this on TCM during Miyazaki Month and enjoyed it thoroughly. The animation is excellent and...
Created by: Studio Ghibli
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Alternate Title: Omohide poro poro (Japan)
[ Japanese ] Featuring the voices of:
Miki Imai ... Taeko
Youko Honna ... Taeko (child)
Mayumi Lizuka ... Tsuneko Tani
Toshirô Yanagiba ... Toshio
Masahiro Ito ... Father
Chie Kitagawa ... Taeko's grandmother
Yuuki Masuda ... Hirota
Yuki Minowa ... Yaeko
Michie Terada ... Mother
Yorie Yamashita ... Nanako
Ichirô Nagai ... Toreahigi
Directed by: Isao Takahata
Executive Producers: Hayao Miyazaki
Musical Score by: Katsu Hoshi
Songs by: Amanda McBroom, Teruhiko Saigo and Seiichiro Uno
Writing Credits: Isao Takahata

animated movie Only Yesterday © Studio GhibliAt the time of writing, Disney own the US rights to 'Only Yesterday', but are reputedly shelving it because it is 'too mature' and has 'no market' - however the DVD is available in Japan (and probably other Asian countries), and has a definite European release and probable Australian release for 2006. Make sure that your DVD player is capable of playing DVDs from the regions currently available.

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