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Issue: Autumn 2016

Only Yesterday (1991) movie review

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Movie poster, Only Yesterday

When 27-year-old office lady Taeko travels to the countryside for a working vacation, she takes her 10-year-old self with her.

Taeko is not unhappy in her life despite reminders that she is approaching, according to her family, her sell-by date. As we travel with her to the farm where she will work and stay, Taeko's 10-year-old self appears in flashbacks.

She remembers her past, and as she gets to know local farmer Toshio , tells him stories of pivotal moments.

This is not the manga of big-chested adventurers. This is a grown-up (no sex, no violence, no swearing) story of a simple Japanese life. It works well.

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movie still, Only Yesterday © 1991 Hotaru Okamoto - Yuko Tone - Studio Ghibli - NH

Made in 1991, Only Yesterday is a classic of the Anime form. It is sparingly drawn, but faithful to the details.

Don't bypass this film because you think anime is 'kids stuff'. If you want a film with three-dimensional characters, so to speak, something with heart, then this is for you.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 5 May 2016
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Just the facts:

Title: Only Yesterday (1991)
Written by: Hotaru Okamoto and Yuuko Tone (manga), Isao Takahata,
Directed by: Isao Takahata
Running time: mins
Rating: PG

The Players: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba,

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