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Only Yesterday [DVD]

Isao Takahata    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Isao Takahata
  • Producers: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,563 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Available at last in the UK, this anime feature is another treat from the director of Grave of the Fireflies and the studio that created Spirited Away.

Realising that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something office worker Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten memories: the first stirrings of childish romance, puberty and growing up, the frustrations of maths 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.

Beautifully evoking both the 1960s and 1980s, Only Yesterday is a double period piece, and the quintessential drama of Japanese school-day nostalgia. Directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, it is a classic of the anime medium and the last movie from the world-beating Studio Ghibli catalogue previously unreleased in the United Kingdom… until now.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Storyboards, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo. ...Only Yesterday ( Omohide poro poro ) ( Memories of Teardrops )

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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean Of Memories 8 Aug 2006
"Omohide poro poro" (which translates as "memories of falling teardrops" in english) or "only yesterday" as the west knows it, is a heartwarming coming of age film from studio ghibli, directed by Isao takahata who's best known for his heartbreaking anti-war film "Grave of the fireflies" which most critics hail as a masterpiece and his best work yet. I too shared the same opinion till i saw "only yesterday". It is one of the most realistic and deeply moving film i've ever seen.

"Only yesterday" tells the story of a 27 year old girl Taeko, who takes a 10 days vacation to safflower fields in Japan countryside. On her journey, she recalls the memories of her childhood when she lived with her parents and two elder sisters in a city. Film runs back and forth in time showing taeko's rather painful past as a child and the woman she is today. The most heartwarming and winning moment in the film is the end where Taeko rediscovers herself and reaches a stage where she has to make a choice in life. This sequence is seen as the end credits roll past screen and is undoubtedly one of the finest scenes not just in an animated film but in any film, for that matter.

Isao takahata's movies have always portrayed the harsh realities of life, be it "grave of the fireflies", "my neighbors the yamadas", "pom poko" or "only yesterday". With "only yesterday", Takahata succeeds in taking the audience where no other animator has gone before. "Only yesterday" is a slow paced film which runs in real time, doing justice to the plot and storyline. There are long conversations and quite a few slow moments in the film but they add to the beauty and realism of the subject without dragging the movie.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about you 23 Aug 2007
By Fantasy Lore TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This film surprised me in a lot of ways. For some reason I hadn't set my expectations particularly high for this film, perhaps because the description suggested something quite low-key for Studio Ghibli, even despondent as it explored the life of a single, twenty-something girl living in Japan, but I needn't have worried in the slightest. This film is INCREDIBLE. I dare risk saying (despite loving `Howl's Moving Castle') that `Only Yesterday' would have to be my favourite Studio Ghibli film, or at the very least the one I've found the most rewarding.

The short clips I'd seen in the Ghibli catalogue trailers suggested to me this was something of a curiosity, an experiment for the studio that was never repeated. But this film has huge universal appeal, I'm surprised something similarly grounded and character-based hasn't been made since. *Although `Whisper of the Heart' is along the same lines, but to me doesn't succeed anywhere near as well as `Only Yesterday' in terms of character and relatable themes. The central character is female, I'm male, she grew up in the 1960's in Japan, I grew up in the 1990's in England...two people couldn't be more dissimilar, right? Well I was astounded by how much I identified with Taeko's character (ok, not her friends' P.E. problem I admit, but everything life, family life, successes, failures, loves, losses, disaffectedness etc etc). So I reason her story must be universal considering how much I empathised with her and I was totally gripped from start to finish!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Only Yesterday is two stories of one character. The present day (80s, when the film is set) life of office worker Taeko taking a vacation picking safflower in the Japanese countryside, and then the other story of her childhood, told via flashback. It's very emotional, just like Whisper of the Heart, in the way that it takes you back to childhood and somehow makes you understand these characters' lives, even though they are from another culture and time. During her vacation, Taeko feels a sense of greater belonging and develops strong attachments to the people she is living with, to the point that you know she won't want to leave and go back to the office life.

There's a lot of discussion about life in the country, in the context of 80s Japan, tackling organic farming, the history of safflower harvesting and Japan's obsession with construction. Ghibli's rural Japan is beautiful and Only Yesterday is so cleverly constructed that although I'm not Japanese, although I was born in the 80s, rather than lived in them, I still can relate to what is shown and feel such a strong sense of familiarity.

It's a story about love, coming of age, enjoying the countryside and understanding how people are different. Hugely worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghibli does adult entertainment 24 Sep 2006
This is one of the Ghibli films done by the other directing talent Isao Takahata. Better known for his film "Graveyard of the Fireflies" this is another film done more for an adult audience. Made in 1991 under the Japanese title of Omohide Poro Poro and based on the manga by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuuko Tone, it tells of Taeko and how she goes on vacation from her busy job in Tokyo to work on a farm. During her travels her mind wanders back to when she was ten and how events then make her re-evaluate her life. It is set in the 1980s with flashbacks to the 60s, when Taeko was still in grade school. As usual the animation is excellent with realism in faces and scenery that are fantastic. The disc comes with a "making of" documentary , which in itself is also quite interesting.

Only one small quibble for those who prefer to watch films dubbed, this isn't. There is only a subbed version. Personally it doesn't bother me, as I prefer to watch these films subbed anyway.

Not a film for children, but it shows that anime needn't be for children and can appeal to adults just as much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the detail put in to the landscaping and locations
Love the detail put in to the landscaping and locations. Modern western animation is so lazy these days, it just cannot compare.
Published 15 days ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect condtion - Brilliant quality
Came in perfect condition. well packaged. no damage at all. Works perfectly and is a good Anime. Worth a watch.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle Louise Sellars
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite gibli anime.
watched this anime long long time ago, which was included in the gibli box set, released in the us.
glad that i could purchase only this one.
Published 3 months ago by picky customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!
To all who loves Studio Ghibli movies this won't let you down! The story is sweet and as usal the Myazaki/Takahata art is great!
Published 6 months ago by vivibianca
5.0 out of 5 stars Love studio Ghiblis films
Only Yesterday was not familiar to me but I have stayed some days in Yamagata, the city the movie tells about. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marjo Puranen
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually Grown Up
I've always enjoyed the skill and quality of todays animations. When I first saw this film on TV, I was very struck by how mature and thoughtful it was. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miss M
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey into the past
A moving tale of memories carried out in beautiful detail as ever. A good DVD for collectors of this genre.
Published 12 months ago by Art21
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I am a big fan of all things Ghibli, and whilst this one was a little different to many of their other offerings, I found it to be beautiful, heartwarming and very realistic; the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by bozeman1941
5.0 out of 5 stars It's so nostalgic
This movie reminds many Japanese over forties of their childhood.
It's a better DVD than the one which is sold in Japan as I can learn English expressions with subtitles. Read more
Published 14 months ago by KANAE .TAGAWA
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie
This is a wonderful story about a young woman from Tokyo and her childhood self. The story is told in a very natural way and it really becomes a great emotional experience that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by dee
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