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Only Yesterday (おもひでぽろぽろ Omoide Poro Poro, lit. Memories Come Tumbling Down) is a 1991 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone. The film was produced by Toshio Suzuki and animated by Studio Ghibli. It was released on July 20, 1991 in Japan.

One of the only Studio Ghibli films not originally dubbed into English, it would finally be released in English by GKIDS, in celebration of the film's 25th Anniversary, on February 26, 2016, featuring voices from Star Wars actors Daisy Ridley & Ashley Eckstein and Academy Award nominee Dev Patel.

Synopsis

Taeko Okajima is a typical "office lady" in a big company in a big city. When she takes a sabbatical to the countryside in Yamagata Prefecture, the hometown of her brother-in-law, the journey recalls her memories of her 5th grade year. During her stay in Yamagata, she works hard and happily as a farmer and is surrounded by friendly relatives and villagers, bringing up more memories. Their hospitality makes her reconsider her lifestyle.


Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Taeko-okajima-only-yesterday-6.56.jpg Taeko Okajima Miki Imai (adult) Daisy Ridley
Taeko-okajima-5th-grade-only-yesterday-7.55.jpg Yōko Honna (young) Alison Fernandez
Toshio-only-yesterday-6.54.jpg Toshio Toshirō Yanagiba Dev Patel
Naoko-only-yesterday-0.83.jpg Naoko Masako Watanabe Tara Strong
Taekos-mother-only-yesterday-9.37.jpg Taeko's Mother Michie Terada Grey DeLisle
Taekos-father-only-yesterday-28.4.jpg Takeo's Father Masahiro Itō Matthew Yang King
Taekos-grandmother-only-yesterday-7.22.jpg Taeko's Grandmother Chie Kitagawa Mona Marshall
Nanako-okajima-only-yesterday-3.2.jpg Nanako Okajima Yorie Yamashita Laura Bailey
Yaeko-okajima-only-yesterday-97.2.jpg Yaeko Okajima Yuki Minowa Ashley Eckstein
Tsuneko-tani-only-yesterday-2.77.jpg Tsuneko Tani Mayumi Iizuka Hope Levy
Suzuki-only-yesterday-0.89.jpg Suzuki Masashi Ishikawa Jaden Betts
Hirota-only-yesterday-8.24.jpg Shuji Hirota Yūki Masuda Gianella Thielman
Rie-only-yesterday-66.2.jpg Rie Yukiyo Takizawa Madeleine Rose Yen
Aiko-only-yesterday-2.8.jpg Aiko Mei Oshitani Stephanie Sheh
Toko-only-yesterday-1.37.jpg Toko Megumi Komine Ava Acres
Abe-only-yesterday-39.1.jpg Abe Hirozumi Satō Jacob Guenther
Kazuo-only-yesterday-5.81.jpg Kazuo Kōji Goto Matthew Yang King
Kiyoko-only-yesterday-2.99.jpg Kiyoko Sachiko Ishikawa Sumalee Montano
Granny-only-yesterday-4.42.jpg Granny Shin Itō Nika Futterman

Additional Voices

Notes

  • The film was previously owned by the Walt Disney Company as part of its deal with Studio Ghibli to distribute a majority of their films. The Disney executives later decided that they could not release the film on DVD or any format. Their stated reason was because the film contained references to menstruation. As listed in a clause in Ghibli's distribution contract it prohibited Disney from altering the scene or removing the references.
    • Only Yesterday, and Grave of the Fireflies were the only Ghibli films made during Disney's contract that they did not dub/redub (though the latter due to rights issues). Though a subtitled version of the film was aired on Turner Classic Movies in January 2006, as part of the channel's month-long salute to Miyazaki and Ghibli.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Region Country
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NTSC
United States United States
BD A
DVB-T
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PAL
United Kingdom United Kingdom
BD B
DVB-T
Madman Entertainment DVD.jpg 4
PAL
Australia Australia
BD B
DVB-T
GKIDS/Shout! Factory 2022 DVD.jpg 1
NTSC
United States United States
BD A
DVB-T

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Films

Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindCastle in the SkyGrave of the FirefliesMy Neighbor TotoroKiki's Delivery ServiceOnly YesterdayPorco RossoPom PokoWhisper of the HeartPrincess MononokeMy Neighbors the YamadasSpirited AwayThe Cat ReturnsHowl's Moving CastleTales from EarthseaPonyoThe Secret World of ArriettyFrom Up on Poppy HillThe Wind RisesThe Tale of the Princess KaguyaWhen Marnie Was ThereEarwig and the Witch

Series

Ronja, the Robber's Daughter

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